Michael Araya

Photo gallery: Eritrean refugees’ paintings of dangerous journeys

Michael Araya, 24, describes his painting: “I painted this after hearing from my friends who made it to Europe. These are refugees who made it to Libya and are risking everything to get to Italy by the Mediterranean Sea. They finally made it on a boat but there is now no one to save them.

“The smugglers stayed on the shore, sending them off without a captain. The person driving the boat is a refugee himself who doesn’t know how to drive a boat. They have no guarantee of survival. The smugglers just collect money and do not care if they arrive dead or alive.”(Angela Wells/Jesuit Refugee Service)