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Burned Souls

On December 9, 2020, a terrible fire in Gorg (Spain) in Barcelona metropolitan area, took the lives of at least five people: Baye Gueye (Senegal), Fatoumata Drammeh (Gambia), Djoulde Allah (Gambia), Mame Thierno Wagne (Senegal), and Boubacar Hanne (Senegal) who were living in a squatted warehouse with more than two hundred people who had been dwelling there for more than ten years.
The people who were illegally squatting the abandoned warehouse in Gorg were mainly Africans. Many have been living in Spain for many years but they found themselves in a precarious situation and without real opportunities to establish a future for themselves and
their families. Most of them come from countries such as Senegal or Gambia, where resources needed to survive are increasingly scarce and so they migrate to Europe in search of a better life.
The interconnectedness of loss, trauma, depression, and anxiety affect the refugees’
mental health as well as the functioning of their families. Stress resulting from traumatic experiences
affects how they see the world, how they find meaning in their lives, daily functioning, and family relationships.

By Adrià Salido and Gian Marco Benedetto

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Mamadou one of the survivors of the fire in Badalona's warehouse is watching through a window inside another occupied warehouse. Gorg, Badalona (Spain).
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A paint with the sentence "stop evictions" is written in a fence close tho the burned warehouse in Badalona. Gorg, Badalona (Spain).
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Ibrahim is showing a damaged magnetothermic inside of a warehouse that he is occupying with other african guys in Badalona . Gorg, Badalona (Spain).
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The survivors of the fire of Badalona put mattresses on the floor in the improvised sleeping room inside of a new occupied warehouse. Gorg, Badalona (Spain).
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The day after the fire in the abandonned warehouse in Badalona the firemen are managing to remove two lifeless bodies from the people who were there the night of the fire. Gorg, Badalona (Spain).
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Mamadou, one of the survivors of the fire of the occupied warehouse in Badalona sits on his bed inside of another warehouse that he is occupying now. Gorg, Badalona (Spain).
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While the fire and winter made the living conditions of people (still today) without a roof even more precarious, in the streets of San Roque a boy of less than thirty years old was sheltering himself from racism and cold before continuing to walking invisibly along the paths intended for the marginalized and excluded, trying to rest the body and mind under the blankets found in the garbage. Gorg, Badalona (Spain).
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Fatou, a young african woman is watching through a fence in the camp that the survivors of the Badalona warehouse improvised as a refuge. Gorg, Badalona, Spain.
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View of the sheets in the camp that survivors of Badalona's warehouse fire put around it to protect the space . Gorg, Badalona (Spain).
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Survivors of the warehouse fire are cooking outside of the camp where they are living. Gorg, Badalona, Spain.
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A mother is carrying her daughter in front of a window inside the new occupied warehouse. Gorg, Badalona (Spain).
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Ibrahim is playing with a dog inside a warehouse that he is occupying with other african guys in Badalona . Gorg, Badalona (Spain).
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View of a graffiti on what had been the door of an old house occupied with the phrase, "the police are alerted". Gorg, Badalona (Spain).
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View of the room of an african guy who is occupying a warehouse with other survivors of the fire in Badalona . Gorg, Badalona (Spain).
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A survivor of Badalona's fire shows his fists as a symbol of strength. Gorg, Badalona, Spain.
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Members of the black lives matter collective raise their fist during an anti-racist demonstration. Sant Jaume, Barcelona, Spain.





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