“Even most of our team members are going on to other things. Thank you to everyone who has shared a tiny part of their path with us.”
This evening my collaborator showed me a selection of photos, including many of the photos that you have looked at on this page for the past three weeks. A rainbow of images, from our departure three weeks ago until now. The entire Aquarius experience, through others’ eyes.
The curiosity in the eyes of a little girl, the proud determination of a young mother, the unexpected bond between a young Christian woman and a young Muslim man, the tiredness and the pain in the eyes of a grandmother staying strong for her grandson, the proud determined stare of a young artisan determined to make a living with his hands. The pride and incredulity of the new parents of the Aquarius’ first baby. The fascination of the young mothers watching the Italian coast approach out of a porthole. The tears and the mingled fear and relief of the group that spent two days and two nights at sea.
A medic’s childish joy as she bounces a baby, the determination of a SAR team in action and the gravity in the eyes of sailors who know exactly how precious their cargo is.
The families who shared our path for this short period have now gone on to the next step in their journey. For the vast, vast majority, we’ll never know what the future holds for them. Even most of our team members are going on to other things after our weekend in port, in Trapani.
Thank you to everyone who has shared a tiny part of their path with us. We hope we’ve done justice to your experience. Have a safe journey.
Text & Translation: Ruby Irene Pratka
Photo credits: Yann Merlin / SOS MEDITERRANEE