MIGRANT care worker Helena Maleno Garzon’s words are a chilling reminder of how close we are to one of the 21st century’s gravest crises.
Garzon’s voice is often the last thing heard by those in peril crossing the Mediterranean.
While we lap up the summer rays on sun-kissed beaches, dozens of – mainly young – African migrants are drowning as they head for Spain’s shores, which offer escape from poverty, torture and war.
Thousands of African women are trafficked for sexual exploitation in western Europe. The countries they come from, and the hardships they flee, may seem distant.
But a common humanity links us to them. A quirk of birth dictates that we can travel to Spain with ease. For thousands of others, it’s a journey that may be their last.