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"I can see the gates of paradise from here"

Tomasz Szustek | Morocco

Tangier. Planning the escape. Crucial spot is pictured here for those who want to find out how the port security works.

In Tangier, Morocco, when night comes, illegal immigrants (arab. haraga) try to hide in a truck’s underbody to leave Morocco on board a ferry. To be successful, one needs skills and luck due to detailed checks in Morocco and destination ports.

Haraga have no respect in society. No humanitarian aid is available, police beat them savagely, they suffer from illnesses, hunger and parasites. Rubbish bins are the common source for food.

No support comes from Muslim organizations. Haraga can’t visit mosques because they are perceived as bad Muslims.

Losing touch with Islam, haraga lose part of their identity, which could help them to survive hard times. Living this kind of life leads to drugs and alcohol, which separates them from society even more.

In the forests near Ceuta, the Spanish enclave in Morocco, illegal emigrants live in tents made from plastic and old carpets. They wait for their chance to get a firm grip on barbed wire attached to the 3m high border fence dividing Morocco and Ceuta and take a jump to a fairer life.

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