"Martha at Zurich airport waiting for her Swissair
flight back to Ghana after being deported from Newark, US, December 1,
C-print, 30x40", 2002
I saw Martha at Newark airport cutting the line of
the security check. She was wearing a light, pale pink suit with an iron
chain around her waist. She was accompanied by a male and female security
guard. As the last passenger she got on Swissair flight #113 to Zurich.
She was sitting behind me.
Martha told me that she had wanted to work for a year in the US because
there was no work in Ghana. She borrowed money to pay for a visa
on November 31 at Newark airport were immigration stopped her. Because
of her fake working visa she was put on a flight back to Zurich were
spent 24 hours before going on a plane back to Accra. Authorities in
Ghana held her for one week before she could return to her family
All her luggage got lost. She is still dreaming of returning to the
US to work.