On a desperate voyage to Sicily, Francis Ipisbhe lost his wife. Now, a year on, he has finally been able to mark her grave
Just over a week ago, Francis Ipisbhe knelt on the dusty earth, looked up to the clouds, his weary arms high above his head, and thanked God. For a year, he had been searching for his missing wife, Mary. Now he had found her. Mary’s body was known to be among hundreds of unmarked migrants’ graves in a cemetery in Palermo, the capital of Sicily. All had lost their lives in the Mediterranean while trying to reach Europe.
As sea crossings increase and fears of another summer of drownings are renewed, thousands of Marys lie in unmarked graves across Italy, Greece and Turkey, while thousands of relatives, like Francis, search for them in desperation.