Refugee Stories – The Hunger Strike

Jamal age 20, he came from Morocco in 2008. .

 

Photographer Sander de Wilde is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this documentary photography.  From his personal work, project ‘Losing Faith‘.  To see Sander’s body of work click on any image.

 

Dechraoui, age 33 came from Algeria in 2004.

Dechraoui, age 33 came from Algeria in 2004.

 

23 refugees seeking asylum in Belgium stopped eating on the 14th of January. They found shelter in the VUB. Free University of Belgium. Day 41. In this picture is Moncef, age 53, came from Tunesia in 2009, lost 9 kg, now is 60 kg. Belgium, Brussels, 12 February 2012

2012-03-09 Brussels Belgium. 23 refugees seeking asylum in Belgium stopped eating on the 14th of January. They found shelter in the VUB. F In this picture is Moncef, age 53, came from Tunesia in 2009.

Moncef, age 53, came from Tunesia in 2009, lost 9 kg, now is 60 kg.

 

Day 41. 23 refugees seeking asylum in Belgium stopped eating on the 14th of January. They found shelter in the VUB. Free University of Belgium. In this picture Mohammed, age 23 came from Algeria in 2009, lost 13 kilograms, now 45 kg. Belgium, Brussels, 12 February 2012

Mohammed, age 23 came from Algeria in 2009, lost 13 kilograms, now 45 kg.

 

23 refugees seeking asylum in Belgium stopped eating on the 14th of January 2012. They found shelter in the VUB. Free University of Belgium. Strong North-African men who didn’t eat for more than 3 months. I portrayed them during the process. One of them stitched his mouth and another one did a suicide attempt.

In the end most of them ended up in illegality, staying in Belgium.

 

23 refugees seeking asylum in Belgium stopped eating on the 14th of January. They found shelter in the VUB. Free University of Belgium. Belgium, Brussels, 31 January 2012

 

23 refugees seeking asylum in Belgium stopped eating on the 14th of January. They found shelter in the VUB. Free University of Belgium. Day 41. In this picture is Moncef, age 53, came from Tunesia in 2009, lost 9 kg, now is 60 kg. Belgium, Brussels, 12 February 2012

 

23 refugees seeking asylum in Belgium stopped eating on the 14th of January. They found shelter in the VUB. Free University of Belgium. Day 41. In this picture is Jamal age 20 wears this white cloth against headaches, came from Morocco in 2008, lost 14.5 kg, now 61 kg. Belgium, Brussels, 12 February 2012

Jamal age 20 wears this white cloth against headaches, came from Morocco in 2008, lost 14.5 kg, now 61 kg.

 

23 refugees seeking asylum in Belgium stopped eating on the 14th of January. They found shelter in the VUB. Free University of Belgium. Belgium, Brussels, 31 January 2012

 

23 refugees seeking asylum in Belgium stopped eating on the 14th of January. They found shelter in the VUB. Free University of Belgium. Day 41. In this picture Dechraoui, age 33 came from Algeria in 2004. Belgium, Brussels, 12 February 2012

Dechraoui, age 33 came from Algeria in 2004.

 

Sanspapiers, dakloze vluchtelingen, bivakkeren in gebouwen van de VUB zijn op 14 januari in hongerstaking gegaan om hun uitzichtloze situatie kracht bij te zetten. De Marokkaan Jamal Jaoudi (20) naaide 14 dagen geleden zijn lippen dicht.

De Marokkaan Jamal Jaoudi (20) naaide 14 dagen geleden zijn lippen dicht.Hier met de begeleidende arts van de hongerstakers, Rita Vanobberghen

Jamal age 20, he came from Morocco in 2008. On day 56 he stitched his mouth to force Maggie De Bock, Belgian Minister of Migration, to give him a green card.

 

21 left over refugees without papers stopped their hungerstrike after 103 days. One Moroccan Bouachib Lasri attempted a suicide from the first floor. He refuses to stop the strike. His co-hungerstrikers stopped his attempt.

21 refugees without papers stopped their hunger-strike after 103 days. One Moroccan refugee Bouachib Lasri attempted a suicide from the first floor. He refuses to stop the strike. His co-hunger-strikers stopped his attempt.

 

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By Sander de Wilde

 


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