A Migrant's Fatal Journey 'Now He's Dead and We Have Nothing'

Thousands of African migrants die every year on their way to Europe. One family from Conakry, Guinea, bet everything they had on their eldest son making it -- and lost.
By Benjamin Moscovici in Guinea
An old passport photo of Lansana Bangoura, who died on his way to Europe.

An old passport photo of Lansana Bangoura, who died on his way to Europe.

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Lansana's mother, Mafule Camara

Lansana's mother, Mafule Camara

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The courtyard of the family's home in Guinea: Everyone placed their hopes on Lansana's successful journey.

The courtyard of the family's home in Guinea: Everyone placed their hopes on Lansana's successful journey.

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Lansana's father Sekou knew the risks. He had heard the horror stories.

Lansana's father Sekou knew the risks. He had heard the horror stories.

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Life Goes On for Guinea's Bangoura Family
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Life Goes On for Guinea's Bangoura Family

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"Someone who doesn't know where their next meal is coming from can't afford to grieve."

Liman Koita, father

This piece is part of the Global Societies series. The project runs for three years and is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.