Hundreds of women of Senegal have lost their children and husbands trying to reach the Spanish coasts in fragile ‘cayucos’ boats. During years, spouses and mothers encouraged their young ones to undertake the march, in a passage of more than a thousand kilometers from the African coasts to Canary beaches. In the coastal villages, the neighbors and relatives hold celebrations of goodbye to the bold immigrants. The Senegalese polygamy increases the competition between mothers, and shakes the desire of the boys to rise on the boats. Behind each of these pictures there is, at least, a lost life in the ocean and the history of the subsistence of a family.
Abel Ruiz de León Trespando