Shelter for the Night


Five young black men came down from the bus, some talking on the phone, some looking around, as if they didn’t know where they are. It’s twenty past ten at night, it’s cold and it’s raining all the time. They’ve been approached by a white woman, who was waiting at the station, they don’t know each other, but she told them “bonne soir”.

This is a scene that has been repeated every night since the end of October 2018. Sometimes, on the bus no one arrives who does not know where he is, sometimes no one arrives, but every night someone is waiting for them, willing to say ‘bonne soir’ to those who need it.

Those who say good night to the newcomers are the members of the Irun Host Network: the Gautxoris (Night Birds in Basque). Those who saw that picking them up at the station was almost the only way for the immigrants who arrived at night have to sleep in a shelter.

They exchange two or three words and offer them shelter for the night.

These photos you’ll see here are a chronicle of the Gautxoris from Irun. Chronicle of an action that has been repeated from October 2018 to March 11 or 12, 2020, every night, without fail.


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