The human drama in Ceuta, Spain’s territory in North Africa, which connects the Mediterranean with a 20km coastline, fits into one photograph. A photo of the baby, who was found to be one of the migrants trying to swim to Ceuta, revealed the drama in the region to the eyes of the world.
Migrants continue to move from Morocco, which borders Ceuta, Spain’s territory in North Africa. Some of the migrants who have put their lives on the line to cross into Ceuta are trying to cross into the area in inflatable boats, while others are swimming from the sea or crossing the border fence.
While there was a great human drama in the region, the only photo frame reflected in the lenses resonated widely on social media. A photo of the two-month-old baby, identified as the baby of one of the migrant families, once again revealed the extent of what happened.
Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya said they were taking measures to send the migrants back to Morocco, while many migrants have already been returned.
Ouarda, 26, one of the 8,000 migrants who arrived in Ceuta, said: “I saw on Facebook that it was possible to cross the border. I came here because I couldn’t take care of my family anymore.”
Spain says it has faced an unprecedented influx of migrants, with Spanish soldiers seen pushing some migrants into the water at the borderline at El Tarajal Beach.
A two-month-old baby who went missing at sea while trying to reach the Junta with his family has been rescued by Juan Francisco of the Spanish Underwater Rescue Team.
The symbolic rescue photo shared by the Spanish Civil Guard on 18 May has resonated around the world.