Salim Zerrouki, an Algerian writer living in Tunisia, condemned the forgotten Mediterranean drama in his latest album “How to Make Secret Immigration Successful”.
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A person drank sea water for several months to get through the difficulties; a detailed description of the best equipment to try the best luck, such as the equipment of an amateur hiker. In his new comic, How to successfully carry out illegal immigration (Encre de nuit edition in France and Lalla Hadria edition in Tunisia, 92 pages, 15 euros), Salim Zerrouki, 43, has not lost all his dark humor.
Behind this understated title, the Algerian cartoonist brings readers a tragic story about illegal immigrants. In the horror story, the horror becomes more and more serious, to the rape and torture scenes in the Libyan detention center.
Salim Zerrouki is famous in Tunisia for his caricatures of political Islam, Yahia Boulahia, Is a fictional character of a frustrated bearded man, who recounted his adventures and anger on a blog in 2011.In 2018, his comic title was 100% bleeding.How to get rid of us and create a better world Great success outside the borders of Tunisia. He spoke lightly to the clichés of North Africans and Arabs. This time, the illustrator returned to a determined graphic novel, which is the result of two years of work.
Each story is based on real testimony, as shown in the “QR code” at the end of the album, which is a related newspaper clipping. “I want to condemn what is happening in the Mediterranean today, and this is forgotten. Whether it is Algeria, Tunisia, Libya or Europe, all immigration policies are based on their ranking. There is no political correctness. This is why the last one. The reason for the shocking situation, He explained and added that he wanted to awaken European humanity on this issue.
This topic is still a very hot topic. Continue to exile candidates from the coasts of Tunisia and Libya. On March 9, the Tunisian National Guard recovered 39 bodies, including the bodies of 4 children, and 165 migrants were rescued after two ships sank in the city of Sfax, Tunisia (Tunisia). On April 3, a non-governmental organization called an alert to confirm the rescue of the two boats that had stayed for three days near the island of Lampedusa, Italy, without drinking water or food. The winter of 2020 is particularly deadly: According to data from the International Organization for Migration (IOM), more than 1,200 people were killed during the year as they tried to cross the Mediterranean.
Tunisia, where the designer lives, is an important country of departure. According to data from the Tunisian Forum on Economic and Social Rights, 638 migrants crossed the Mediterranean in February 2021, and 26 migrants crossed the Mediterranean in February 2020. On most of the ships intercepted, more than half of the passengers came from sub-Saharan regions. The reasons for the growth are both the impact of the health crisis on the economy and the special situation of sub-Saharan workers who do not benefit from any social protection and are often the most vulnerable to racism, fraud and abuse.
“I live in the Dar Fadhal region of Tunisia, where there is a large sub-Saharan community. This is a very vulnerable population because it has few rights and often lives in abnormal conditions.” , Insist that the author has discussed the topic of immigration in a humor committee in 2017 for collective work.
In addition to the harshness of the illegal crossing-his character was trapped in a shipwreck and died one after another- How to successfully carry out illegal immigration Shows the living conditions of immigrants on other routes from Mali to Algeria. To this end, the designer explained that he relied on the work of a reporter.Aquarius [bateau affrété par Médecins sans frontières et SOS Méditerranée] It also records the abuse suffered by Libyan immigrants. He also read a large number of investigation reports on the subject and worked with the director of the Guinea immigration documentary. “When I started comics, I tried to forget the words, and only focused on how to express what I wanted through drawings. Only then, I added bubbles”, He explained.
Since the release of the album, Salim Zerrouki has contacted a number of non-governmental organizations specializing in immigration work to seek cooperation. Faced with this tragedy, perhaps comics can achieve broader and different goals than the media, or inspire new consciousness. ” In any case, this is what he wants.
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