Mittwoch, 18. Oktober 2017

Confusion Reigns Supreme While Migrants Die

The war on migrants is claiming ever more victims. There is no pause: the victims are increasingly younger, victims of policies arising from Europe’s choice to be ever more closed in on itself. A Europe with a constant syndrome of believing itself to be under siege, rending people’s lives a living hell, as is the case for the 606 people who arrived last Friday in Palermo on border the SOS Mediterranee, a landing baptised by all of the newspapers as the “ship of children.”
The SOS Mediterranee at the Port of Palermo

Montag, 9. Oktober 2017

No One Is Meant To Know

At the recent Paris talks, representatives from France, Italy, Germany, Spain and the EU confirmed their shared political line of cooperating with dictatorial states, of being the de facto ATM for blood thirsty regimes whose task is, and will increasingly be, to block people departing for Europe at all costs. It is important that nothing of what’s going on in Africa leaks into Europe, into public opinion. Minniti and the Italian government have already done the dirty work for this, gorging out indiscreet eyes by excluding the NGO ships from the Mediterranean, the unique and troublesome witnesses.

Rejected Tunisians at the Palermo train station

Mittwoch, 4. Oktober 2017

Alcamo and Campobello di Mazara: The Exploitation Continues In the Sicilian Countryside

A few weeks after our last visit to Campobello, we returned to see our contacts living in the informal camp at Erbe Bianche. The tent city has grown hugely: more than 400 people now live there, awaiting the imminent commencement of the olive harvest.

Campobello di Mazara (Trapani): The informal camp at Erbe Bianche

Donnerstag, 21. September 2017

Migrant Sicily Newsletter, August 2017

  • Outside of the system: Foreign minors and young adults deprived of protection in centres in Eastern Sicily
  • Fortress Europe declares war on migrants. Between repression, controls on rescuing, push-backs at sea and armed reception
  • Disorganisation, illegal practices and violations of human rights: the failures of a reception system still based on “emergency”
  • News: Migrants recount tales from the Libyan hell: “Sold as slaves, beaten and forced to leave”
  • Information and contacts

Donnerstag, 7. September 2017

Campobello di Mazara: Precarious Agricultural Labour and Discrimination

Campobello di Mazara is one of the most important stops in the cycle of seasonal labour in Sicily. Between September and December each year around 1,300 farm workers come to the area in order to work in the olive harvest, the majority of them originally from Subsaharian Africa. The situation is complicated. Although workers have been camping out in one of the nearby fields – “Erbe Bianche”, ‘White Grass’ – for many years, since 2014 a further space has been added, surrounding the former olive processing plant, confiscated from the Mafia.

The camp at Erbe Blanche, Campobello di Mazara (Province of Trapani)

Freitag, 1. September 2017


The days have been hot, and not only because the temperature has reached 40 degrees. The current systemic violence its showing its discriminatory and murderous character. Sending thousands of people back to Libya, blocking their arrival in Italy, through making deals with militia that collude with people traffickers, is nothing less than criminal. These are collective push backs, the kind which Italy has already undertaken in the past and for which it has been condemned in the European Court of Human Rights.
A photo taken during the eviction at Via Curtatone, Rome. Photo: La Repubblica

Mittwoch, 30. August 2017

Migrants' Narratives from the Libyan Hell: “Sold As Slaves, Beaten and Forced to Leave.” – Long months of violence, detained in a condition of slavery without any contact with international bodies, right up till the departure for Italian shores: this is the shared narrative of three Africans who arrived in Italy before the Summer. All three are now being supported by the OpenEurope project jointly run by Oxfam, Borderline Sicilia and the Waldesian Deaconry.