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Hangar of Hal Far

Hangar of Hal Far

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Martin Edström: Refugees stranded in Malta.

"Malta. An old World War II hangar, rusted to the core -- but now home to about two hundred refugees. They live here. They fled their African homelands to find a new life in Europe, and landed on the barren rock of Malta. Due to international regulations, many of them get stuck here for years. Some never leave. They keep praying beneath the hanger gate, at the very border of Europe."

In IWR 3/February 2010.
Martin Edström: Refugees stranded in Malta.

"Malta. An old World War II hangar, rusted to the core -- but now home to about two hundred refugees. They live here. They fled their African homelands to find a new life in Europe, and landed on the barren rock of Malta. Due to international regulations, many of them get stuck here for years. Some never leave. They keep praying beneath the hanger gate, at the very border of Europe."

In IWR 3/February 2010.

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38 January/February 2010 Independent World report
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alta. An old World War II hangar,rusted to the core -- but nowhome to about two hundred
refugees. They live here. They fled theirAfrican homelands to find a new life in
Europe, and landed on the barren rock of Malta.Due to international regulations,many of them get stuck here for years.Some never leave. They keep prayingbeneath the hanger gate, at the veryborder of Europe.
 Hangar of Hal Far 
is aseries of images that documents the livesof these people, stranded in the middle of the Mediterranean.Martin Edström is an award-winningSwedish photographer, specialising bothin documentary and travel photography.His documentary portfolio includesstories on HIV/AIDS, climate change, thirdworld relief, and the Peruvian Amazon.His portfolio, weblog and contact detailsare online: martinedstrom.se
DOCUMENTARY
Hangar of Hal Far
Refugees stranded in Malta.
Photos by Martin Edström
 At a makeshift mosque, the Muslim men of the hangar gather for prayer on paper, cardboard and blankets serving as prayer mats.
 
 
Independent World report January/February 2010 39
Inside the pink folder this man keeps his identity. His original papers are worthless. The ID for temporary residency in Malta limits everything but staying in place. Likethe rest of the refugees in Hal Far, without asylum, his home will, for now, be the hangar. He has been here for years.The hangar is a World War II relic left behind by the British, now home to about two hundred men. Most of the men in the hangar are from Somalia, all of them escaping toMalta through Libya and by boat over the Mediterranean.
 
40 January/February 2010 Independent World report
The concrete yard outside the hangar. It is Christmas time, and whatever sun there is keeps one warm. Inside, there is nothing to keep warm but blankets.

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