Montag, 29. Januar 2018

Borderline Sicilia is celebrating its first 10 years with a new website! 
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Montag, 8. Januar 2018

Libya: this is happening in detention centres for migrants

Asgi.itHere are the grounds given for the sentence of 10 October 2017 with which the Court of Milan has sentenced to life imprisonment a Somali citizen held responsible for the extremely serious events of violence committed in the first months of 2016 in a camp in Libya (see the statement of 11 October)

Montag, 18. Dezember 2017

A Dog Is Worth More Than A Black

At Campobello di Mazara, a dog can be cured by a vet with the help of €2,000 from the local council, while at the same time, the money apparently cannot be found to guarantee some support – and a little dignity – for thw 1,800 migrants who harvest our olives. This sliver of news found while scrolling online once again confirms that migrants are worth less than nothing: we can take away all of their freedom and rights because we see them as animals, less worthy than even cats and dogs. 

Freitag, 15. Dezember 2017

We're Not Boat Drivers – They worked for days and nights to build Santa's Grotto. One cut the wood, one painted the sleigh or the tree, one gathered the leaves for the details, one the moss and the stones to make the grotto itself. Between a visit to the lawyer and a phone call to their parents in Senegal or Ghana who, till a short while ago, when they were in prison, thought they were dead. Between one word of hope and another. And before signing at the police station, as they have to every afternoon before returning to prison.

Dienstag, 5. Dezember 2017

Migration Policy and Inhumanity

"The suffering of migrants detained in Libya is an offence to the conscience of humanity”. These are not the words of an activist, but of a representatibe to the UN High Commission for Human Rights.

Freitag, 1. Dezember 2017

Decisions and Priorities Imposed Without Risk Evaluation

On Monday 27 November the Aquarius landed at Catania with 421 people on board, the majority Eritrean. There were also five men from Egypt, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Pakistan and South Sudan. The percentage of women on board was very high – 40% – of whom 7 were pregnant. There were 98 minors, of whom 60 were unaccompanied. Three people had to be taken to hospital during the landing operation, including a woman in the ninth month of pregnancy whose waters broke.

Freitag, 24. November 2017

The Former 'Gasparro' Barracks and the Bisconte Neighbourhood: In The Pits of Abandonment

The situation at the former 'Gasparro' barracks in the Bisconte neighbourhood in Messina is only getting worse – especially now that, since the end of September, the extant Extraordinary Reception Centre (CAS)* has been joined by a complex of prefab containers, officially functioning according to the Hotspot approach.
Messina: the complex at the former barracks in Bisconte