Javier Alvarez

Photographer
   
SALUT MAMAN
Location: Brooklyn
Nationality: Chilean
Biography: hola@javieralvarezm.com   1-303-746-0504 Brooklyn, NY / Santiago, Chile. Javier Álvarez is a Chilean documentary photographer focused on social issues. After pursuing a BFA in Photography, Javier worked as a freelance editorial and... MORE
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SALUT MAMAN
Copyright Javier Alvarez 2024
Updated Apr 2020
Location Morocco
Topics Abandonment, Borders, Children, Dreams, Emotion, Family, Freedom, Friends + Family, Homelessness, Hope, Human Rights, Immigration, Migration, Mixed Medium, NGO, Parenting & Family, Photography, Portraiture, Poverty, Relationships, Reporting, Street, Teens, Youth
In April 2019, Moroccan border police forcibly expelled almost 200 West and Central African refugees from their northern border of Tangier and the Spanish enclave city of Ceuta. The authorities abandoned these groups in the port of Casablanca, stripped them of their belongings, and stranded them more than 300 km away from the Strait of Gibraltar.

These pictures result from a collaborative experience in which they expressed the state of their journey as embedded messages to their families due to their lack of connectivity, hoping to reach home someday. Mostly, all of them shared a common recipient: their mothers. Some addresses remained untraceable, and the rest were sent without proof of delivery.

Casablanca, 2019.

Project made in collaboration with The Minority Globe.

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