Madrid (EFE).- The journalist from the EFE Agency José María Rodríguez has been recognized today with the IV prize “Desalambre” from eldiario, in the reportage/chronicle category for “Mom stayed at sea”, a story that He approaches with great sensitivity the life of orphans on the Canary Islands migratory route.
Rodríguez, head of the EFE delegation in the Canary Islands, from where in recent years he has narrated hundreds of human stories of migrants who have thrown themselves into the sea in search of a better life, recounts in the report the story of three orphans on the route Canaria in which they lost their mothers and in which they witnessed events that no human being should experience, let alone a child.
Chema himself explains that one day he observed some children playing in Arguineguín (Gran Canaria) after surviving the Atlantic and his gaze changed: «I no longer count boats, I tell stories. They hurt, but they deserve to be counted. Thanks to one of them, a father found his daughter. That was my prize. And today they have made me very, very happy.
“It is an honor that the @Desalambre Award appreciates how much small stories like those of Aissata, Seidu and Amina” teach, the three protagonists of “Mom stayed at sea,” says Chema, who recently received the award from the Inter-American Society de Prensa (SIP) to the EFE delegation in the Canary Islands.
Chema Rodríguez also thanks his colleagues
This new recognition, he adds, recognizes a text, but this report would be “inconceivable without the images of Ángel Medina and Quique Curbelo that accompany it. The two of you have been my eyes and ears on the pier many times. Thanks to them too.”
The best multimedia work in the fourth edition of the “Desalambre” awards went to “Fronteras SA: the immigration control industry” for shedding light on “the hidden business in border policies”; a special from the digital newspaper elconfidencial with the collaboration of Fundación Por Causa.
In the NGO category, the award for best campaign went to “#Principios” from Hogar Sí. The jury highlighted its ability to break with “the unique story” of the homeless, pointing out the different causes and possible solutions .
The best NGO investigative work is “Monitoring the Right to Life on the Southern Border” by @walkingborders (Caminando Fronteras), which brings us closer to people who disappeared in their attempt to migrate to Spain and denounces the despair of their families.
The Desalambre award for activist of the year goes to the actress and activist Asaari Bibang, whose ability, through humor, the jury highlights, to further the fight against racism.
And the Desalambre Award for perseverance in human rights journalism goes to Emilio Morenatti. The jury highlights his commitment to bring closer, over the last 30 years, the effects of conflicts with a look full of nuances.