Lampedusa and the never-ending emergency

Article first published on May 25, 2021 A few days after the arrival of more than 2,000 people on Lampedusa, I went to the island to monitor the situation. What emerged during the days I spent there is a very different reality from the one portrayed by our newspapers.   What is behind the landings […]

The Government of the Best and the Criminalization of Solidarity

Article first published March 9, 2021 The coming into office of the new government under Draghi coincides with a series of events that bring to the fore – within a few days – legal steps aimed at criminalizing solidarity and support for migrants by NGOs and other organizations. In Italy as in Europe, at sea […]

Women and migration between active remembrance and solidarity

Article first published on March 15, 2021 In the face of the systematic violence against migrants – victims of refoulement, killed at the borders or disappearing along migration routes – the commitment of women – migrants, activists, mothers and sisters – represents a fundamental contribution of testimony and denouncement of border locations through the practice […]

The silent slaughter of human rights

Article first published on February 24, 2021 During the last couple of days an increase in departures from Libya and Tunisia has been recorded. Some people have arrived in Lampedusa and on the Sicilian coasts, others have been intercepted and handed over to the Libyans, still others have died at sea. Meanwhile – as a […]

Indifference that kills

Article first published on February 11, 2021 Badu arrived in Italy three years ago – as a minor – and thanks to his resilience and the support of various associations and volunteers, he quickly became independent. Last year, he managed to find some jobs without a contract as a kitchen hand and house painter. With […]

Migrants, a summer filled with abuses and denied rights

During the summer, headlights are usually aimed at embarkations, and this year is no exception. However, due to the Coronavirus, alarms about potential ‘invasions’ are raised particularly often, resulting in ideal conditions for the nth hate speech against migrants and messy, disastrous processes of embarkations. It’s been a year since the minister of interior who […]

The Unbearable Weight of Indifference

Into the deafening silence that has accompanied the latest massacre at sea, we report the account of Angelo Piraneo, who was among those in Porto Empodocle waiting for the ship that brought the coffins of the dead from the last shipwreck. aPhoto by Angelo Piraneo “At 12:30 the ship Pietro Novelli docks at the pier […]

The endless massacres and the perfect line of continuity

This year, another massacre at sea only a few miles from the island of Lampedusa reveals the inconsistency and hypocrisy of the festivities of October 3rd, occurring only a few days after the dismantling of the walkways for the invited politicians.

The border of Lampedusa. Unlawful practices, indifference and resistance

On Lampedusa, the limbo of a border in the middle of the Mediterranean, the landings of migrants continue uninterrupted. The violations of rights which are constantly carried out in the hotspot – where up to 300 people have been detained in recent days -, the informal European relocation procedures, and the violence constituted by widespread […]

The story of Salifù, from Libyan hell to a present of exploitation in Italy

“Do you know that the people who die at sea are much more than what is written in the newspapers? Do you know that in Libya the days are hell? Not to mention the nights. And you can’t imagine how ‘you don’t live’. Many of us hope that death will take us so as not […]