Thousands of migrants are taking advantage of summer weather and calm seas to try to cross from Africa to Europe. One of the most frequently used routes is from the North West Africa to the Spanish Canary Islands.
Many hundred of migrants have made it in the past few weeks and camps built to house them there are now severely over crowded. Mark Wichika has been in Senegal where attempts are now been made to stop young men put into sea in search of a better life in Europe.
Mark Wichika: On a wind Pulmo beach where the edgy Africans slide via the Atlantic pounding surf, dusk was falling. A man beckoned on me after the wind, he said his name was Mohammed. But first, I thought he was trying to sell me something, but he re-crouched behind one of his brightly painted fishing boats drawn upon the sands. He pulled from his purse a tightly folded scrap of paper, drawn from a notepad.
It was clear he was eager for me to see it, but he handled it with extravagant care. As if it is a vital shred of some ancient treasure map. Unfold he placed it in my hand. The paper was thin and limp from constant handling. But on it, was written the man's name and address.
"This man is my friend." Mohanmmed told me."He says he will help me if I can get to Spain. One day I will find my friend and he will help me have a better life than I have here in Senegal."
For Mohammed, the address on the shred of paper was a place called hope, and for a moment, that hope was between my fingers fluttering in the wind at the edge of the ocean.
But the hope of thousands of Senegalese rest on even flimsily the foundations of Mohammed's piece of paper. And its hope which drives so many of them to risk their lives in brave but often pathetic attempt to reach Europe.
1. migrant n. 移居者;随季节迁移的民工
eg: The government divides asylum seekers into economic migrants and genuine refugees.
migrant worker 外来工
rural migrant workers 农民工
migrant labor 打工，流动劳力
2. route n. 路线;航线
eg: The route took us through scenery quite inaccessible to the motorist. 这条路线带我们穿越了驾车者难以抵达的风景区。
all- red route 全红线
en route 在途中
go the route [美国俚语]【棒球】(投手)从头至尾投满9局;把(某事)彻底干完
roundabout route 绕行路线
3. severely adv. 严重地;严格地
eg: My doctor is dieting me severely.
leave severely alone 严格律己不介入，绝不沾……的边;绝不理会
4. edgy adj. 急躁的;尖利的
eg: She was nervous and edgy, still chain-smoking.
hot-headed / irritable adj.急躁的;尖利的;刀口锐利的
5. beckon vt. 召唤;吸引
eg: The romance of the sea beckoned the young sailors.
beckon to sb. 向......示意
beckon with sth. 以......示意
6. crouch vt. 低头;屈膝
eg: They did not crouch under the oppression.
crouch down 蹲下;趴伏
half crouch 半蹲姿势
7. scrap n. 碎片;残余物
eg: They wrote messages to each other on scraps of paper.
a scrap of paper 碎纸片
do not care a scrap 一点也不在乎
not a scrap 一点也没有
have a scrap with 与……争吵(或打架)
8. notepad n. 笔记本;记事手册
eg: I did some crude doodles in my notepad during a meeting.
jotter/ pocketbook n.笔记本;记事手册
9. extravagant adj. 奢侈的;浪费的
eg: Extravagant people never save money.
extravagant demands 过度要求
extravagant price 过高的价格
10. shred n. 碎片;少量剩余
eg: Peel the carrots and cut them into shreds.
of shreds and patches 拼凑的，无价值的;褴褛的
tear to shreds 撕碎
in shreds 成碎片;成碎条
11. fluttering adj. 颤抖的;翅膀拍打的
eg: Her chiffon skirt was fluttering in the night breeze.
fluttering dance 翩翩飞舞
fluttering feeling 飘飘感觉
fluttering window 飘窗
12. flimsily adv. 脆弱地;柔弱地
eg: The work was done cheaply and flimsily.
But the hope of thousands of Senegalese rest on even flimsily the foundations of Mohammed's piece of paper.