Maps of Exile, a Warscapes ebook, is a spare, compelling examination of African migration to Europe, told from the insides of detention centers and migrant camps, from the Sahara to the Mediterranean.
At a time when media coverage of the refugee crisis spotlights individual suffering without context, journalist Hassan Ghedi Santur places current migration trends in specific structural realities, holding Europeans accountable for the systems they have built.
The book incorporates a variety of elements into a tableau of modern African-European migration. Santur captures the decision-making processes of migrants with refreshing clarity, showing the lengths to which they must go in hopes of securing what he calls "the basic stuff of life.” Santur shows migrant encampments in Europe not as a viral blight on the landscape, but as communities of extraordinary resolve.
Maps of Exile is an edifying look at migration in an oversaturated media moment, which questions the presumption that hope for the future is not, in fact, a matter of life and death.