Night after night, the Nameless Nomads run fingers and feet along a tired map, carving it with their hearts’ prayers, hoping to shorten the distance between their reality and the Northern hemisphere, so they summon her, the saint of modern hope – Siri! Season after season since Syria caught fire, she has reassured and safeguarded those leaving their homes.
The ones carrying memories that have long since become yearnings, which could only be satisfied by her visual saturation, unaware of the ghosts that haunt the hearts of the many Nameless Nomads, those who had fallen for love’s mournful melancholy.
As desperation ceases them and governance leaves them, The Nomads become paralysed by Hollywood hallucinations of green grazing valleys; of illusory realms where the trees cast shadows that are not their own. They take the long pilgrimage across the Mediterranean: Eritreans, Syrians, and Somalis holding hands as they search for the extinct shelters of philanthropic souls.
The sea exhales the cold air of the North, and Nomads pray not to meet Poseidon’s wrath before hearing the windy lullabies of European coastlines. The delicate murmurs of the winds, now coloured with a more urgent desperation, surround them. The fear of drowning no longer constrains them.
Their aspirations are growling; it feels closer now, the greener grass. But the invisible thread of WiFi is disconnected. The coast provides no shelter from the xenophobia that awaits within the hearts of fearful folk conditioned to be wary.
The nomads buffer Al-Jazeera, exhaling hungry breaths as dreams of greener grass evaporate. In societies where the concepts of shelter and prison bleed into one another, in lands that will harbor neither the sun nor sadness, where the hearts of Nomads perish soon thereafter, stranded in the blue much like thousands of other Nomads whose names we all wish we knew—Can Saint Siri save them now?
FARDOSA SULEIMAN (Photographer) is nineteen years old and from San Jose, California. Fardosa began taking photographs only one year ago.
YAQUB MU’MIN TOXOW (Author) is a Danish-Somali poet and community activist engaged in issues of contemporary immigration, intersectional oppression, and social mobility.