· Vatican City ·

02 December 2023

Migrant motherhood

The photo of Fati and Marie lying lifeless on the sand has been seen throughout the world: a mother and daughter who died of thirst and hardship somewhere in the desert between Tunisia and Libya. This is a desert that Moroccan journalist Karima Moual describes as “a war frontline without bombs; a mass grave equal in size to the Mediterranean Sea”.

Fati is just one of the faces of “migrant motherhood”, of mothers who are victims of the necessity to emigrate. These women combat sea and desert, persecution and detention camps, hunger and thirst, dangers that come from men and nature, driven by the will to give their children a better life.