Name: Giulia Bertoluzzi
Media: Middle East Eye
Date of Publication: 12 November 2017
Title: Tunisian Fishermen on the Frontline of Migrant Tragedy
Short summary: Fisherman in the village of Zarzis, Tunisia fear another major wave of migrant deaths.
“When we go out to sea, we are afraid to see the dead,” says fisherman Tarek Ahmed, in the southern Tunisian coastal town of Zarzis, as he describes vivid memories of bodies that he has found face-down, floating in the cold waters of the Mediterranean. “We know that there is a corpse because of the smell,” says fisherman Salah Mecherek, while inspecting the sea from his vessel under the glow of a yellow light beaming from lanterns used during a night fishing trip.It’s indescribable and terrifying; you can smell it from far away offshore,” Mecherek adds. The rest of the crew members drop their gazes on to the water. All 15 of them have seen at least one corpse floating at sea….
This story follows up on Giulia Bertoluzzi’s acrticle “The New Desaparecidos: from Tunisia to Italy as Migrants; then Disappeared in Silence” which won her and Costanza Spocci the Third Place in the Online Category in the 2017 Migration Media Award.