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Kingsley's Crossing

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Thursday, March 13th, 2008 | 04:56 pm

It's been a lifetime since I've updated LJ. I don't think I'll post any more stories here in the near future, but I had to share this with the few of you that still have me on your LJ friends page.

The story of Kingsley really touched me. Whilst the EU is giving their immigration agency Frontex a bigger budget to combat illegal immigration from Northern Africa with the supply of helicopters, ships and manpower, people (mostly young men) from all over Africa risk their lives on the ocean for a better life in Europe, the promised continent. Do watch the video and send it to your friends as well.

from mediastorm.org

Kingsley's Crossing
Kingsley is a 23-year-old lifeguard from the West African coastal town of Limbe, Cameroon. Though he longed to be a professional footballer, French soldiers trained him to become a lifeguard, and Kingsley soon found himself working at an upscale hotel giving swimming lessons to visiting Europeans. He earned just 50 euros a month, enough to pay for food and the rented two-room house he shared with his parents and seven siblings.

"Most families in my country want their children to go to Europe," Kingsley says. It is in Europe - the new El Dorado - that African immigrants can vastly increase their incomes while also providing for their families back home. So, in May of 2004, Kingsley left Cameroon on what he calls "his mission." What followed was an excruciating six-month journey across half of Africa.

Kingsley's Crossing is the story of one man's willingness to abandon everything - his family, his country, and his friends - in the hopes of finding a better life abroad. Award-winning French photojournalist Olivier Jobard documents the passage. Watch it now.

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from: onigiriman
date: Wednesday, June 11th, 2008 07:55 pm (UTC)

If you're not going to post here, where will you be posting?

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from: euphrosynely
date: Wednesday, June 25th, 2008 06:32 pm (UTC)

Oh, I just meant that I won't be posting period. Not really a blogger anymore these days, kind of lost the 'blog bug'.

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