Stories

SAND THIEVES IN CAPE VERDE


Very catholic, people do not use any contraception. Women often have 10 or 13 kids to care for and most of the time with different fathers. These women have to work to feed their children and sometimes grandchildren. Because of the demographic boom, construction projects are underway everywhere. Sand is much needed. Women have started selling their beach sand to building companies. Taking a lot of risks, they go deep into the sea facing up big waves. A bucket filled with heavy wet sand, on top of their heads, they have to walk  under-water back to the beach.

Sand is the 2nd most used resource on earth, after water is depleting. So now it’s protected. So these women have to steal the sand they are selling. They are facing the possibility of being severely punished and arrested if caught by the police. They have no mercy for sand thieves who are destroying the only island income: tourism. Most of the beaches have no sand anymore… And in the sand, the fish lay their eggs and the tourists lay down… Without sand, no fish and no tourist.


PRESS

Magazine Marie-Claire Juin 2014