|Foto: Lucia Borghi|
They reach the port at its furthest point; from far away, we can see the immediate transferral of the pregnant women, and the way through the tents for pre-identification. With the exception of the minors, all of the migrants who arrived today will be taken immediately to centres in North Italy, via the eighteen buses parked up on the quay. We ask ourselves if there will be an attempt to carry out screenings of the most vulnerable cases, if there will at least be a change of clothes for those who have arrived after a journey of thousands of kilometres, if the organisations present have been able to provide the information guaranteed by law to those who have just realised that they have survived but must now attentively respond to questions which play with their future. This week we have met more Eritrean migrants outside of the CARA* centre at Mineo, to where they were taken following the last landings. Forced to flee from the oppression of a military dictatorship, they now find themselves in Europe, trapped in a system, which categorises and controls them through techniques of government quite distant from those belonging to a democracy. “We have all been transferred here, they have taken our fingerprints – without any force – but then we didn't understand well where we do or don't have the right to go to. We don't even understand if we can stay in Italy or whether we have to be transferred to some place we don't know.” These are the word of B., a young economics student who, like so many others, has fled from the bonds of military service, which weighs down on so many young Eritrean men. And like him, many of the companions on his journey now wait inside the CARA in order to find out their fate, and above all their rights.
On Saturday other migrants from Eritrea and Somalia were brought to the port of Augusta, in two different boats, which arrived, exceptionally, within a few hours of each other. The first group comprised 515 people, the majority of whom are originally from sub-Saharan Africa who left the Libyan coast in four different dinghies, while a Maltese coast guard ship rescued another 225 refugees who left from the Egyptian coast. For this last group, the voyage seems to have been extremely long and strenuous, last around nine days. We can only imagine and listen to the future accounts regarding the horrendous conditions in which the survivors – fleeing abuse and torture – have struggled against almost certain death.
Project "OpenEurope" - Oxfam Italia, Diaconia Valdese, Borderline Sicilia Onlus
*CARA – Centro di accoglienza per richiedenti asilo: Hosting Centre for Migrants