Boy in the Suitcase: The First Photo of the New Century
“The suitcase seems to be a womb; even the placenta is visible. The photograph itself seems to be floating in some larger womb, some larger context we can’t yet see but only feel all around us, as if the distant sounds of the world to come were reverberating through some invisible fluid.
It’s a boy, by the way. He was being smuggled into Ceuta, a Spanish territory on the coast of Morocco, on Thursday. He has a name (Abou), and a father who now is in custody, and we can hope that other family members can be located. But we already know that his situation is not exactly ideal. There are over 200 million migrants in the world, and you can bet that most of them are not medical doctors or engineers. Millions of people have to move across the globe simply to work, while those left behind struggle with all the problems that come from separation within the family and fraying of the social fabric within the community.“