The International Organization for Migration (IOM) estimates that there are 258 million immigrants in the world, a figure that represents almost 4% of all humanity. The number of people fleeing war, persecution and conflict exceeded 70 million in 2018, according to the latest report from the UN Refugee Agency.
This wordless album book narrates with images of extraordinary strength the journey of a group of animals that leave behind a nocturnal forest lacking leaves. It is the story of a great and unique migration, a journey in which things are sacrificed, loved ones are left behind, borders must be crossed…
Issa Watanabe’s illustrations narrate a real situation, without euphemisms, that moves the reader with a story constructed from everyday life – scenes of the routine in the refugee camps or other images about migrations that are usually spread in the media. to provoke reflection and, why not ?, to promote empathy and solidarity.
This album offers on the back cover the only words that should not be overlooked when it comes to debating the forced migration of people: famine, tragedy, border closures, humanitarian crisis, human rights… A book needed to immerse the reader in a journey of uncertainty, where death and the hope of seeing grass grow back in a