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We Are Not Refugees (No somos refugiados)

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Original Language: Spanish | 360 pp. | March 2017

2 Seas Represents: Dutch and North American rights

Rights sold: USA (Charlesbridge Publications, WEL), Poland (Wydawnictwo Poznańskie), Italy (Einaudi)

English sample available

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“A few years ago I thought a lot about trying to write something like this, a book about new borders, and since then, every so often, I ask myself why I haven’t done it. Now I can answer myself with conviction: because Agus Morales has already written it.” Martin Caparrós

“With a clean technique and direct composition, devoid of any retouching, Anna Surinyach has photographed hundreds, thousands of people in search of their dreams.” Alberto Rojas, El Mundo

“The fear of immigrants, of the other, of perceived barbarians, will be the first great conflict of the 21st century.” Tzevetan Todorov

From Syria to Pakistan, from Afghanistan to Mexico.

Agus has lived with men, women, he helped them, listened to them, and he conveys us their stories.
The amazing pictures of Anna Surinyach complete a book that is praised in an introduction by the internationally renowned Argentinean author Martín Caparrós.

We are at a moment in history with the greatest number of displaced people due to conflicts around the globe. It is not a European crisis, it’s a world crisis. A world of exodus.

This book follows the footsteps of those exiled by violence. The journalist Agus Morales gives a voice to those who have been forced to flee. He travels to the origins of the conflicts in Syria, Afghanistam, Pakistan, The Central African Republic and Southern Sudan. He walks with the Central Americans who travel across Mexico and with the Congolese people who escape from dangerous, armed groups. He spends time in the camps in Jordan and in the exiled Tibetan government seat. He immerses himself in the most dangerous routes, in the boat rescues in the Mediterranean, in the humiliation refugees are suffering in Europe. And he arrives at the ultimate border, the hardest and most difficult to cross: the West.

It has culminated in the constructed image of the refugee as a contemporary enemy. These people are not refugees, instead they are terrorists, criminals, the undocumented.

There is a world which has already collapsed, that of globalisation, that of multiculturalism, that of integration.

We are living through deep sentimental, political and economic changes. The image of the refugee is perhaps the most public image of this historic shift, the symbolic terrain in which the future is discussed. Now there are tens of millions of people that are not refugees because they are not given asylum; in a few decades, maybe we will all be refugees ourselves.

Agus Morales (Barcelona, 1983) has spent the last decade writing about victims of war and refugees. Ha has been correspondent for the EFE Agency in South Asia, where he spent over five years between India and Pakistan. He worked for three years with Doctors Without Borders, following the population movements in Africa and the Middle East. Now he is an independent reporter and professor at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). He covered the death of Osama bin Laden, the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and the boat rescues in the Mediterranean. He is the director of the magazine 5W and a doctor in Literary Theory and Comparative Literature from the UAB, with a thesis about the Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore, his secret passion,

Anna Surynach (Barcelona, 1985), is a freelance photojournalist. She has worked with Doctors Without Borders and now is the graphic editor of 5W. She has photographed refugees rescued at sea, the Afro-Colombian community displaced by paramilitaries, the destroyed hospitals in South Sudan and the consequences of the conflicts in Syria and The Central African Republic. Despite this, her photographic lens doesn’t strive to capture the dimensions of violence, but highlight the dignity of the people who are suffering.