Donnerstag, 10. August 2017

Torture, rape and slavery in Libya: why migrants must be able to leave this hell - Rape, torture and slave labour are among the horrendous daily realities for people stuck in Libya who are desperately trying to escape war, persecution and poverty in African countries, according to a new report by Oxfam and Italian partners MEDU and Borderline Sicilia.

Samstag, 6. Mai 2017

I'm Starting To Be Scared For My Children

The Minniti-Orlando decree, now law, came into force in a deeply concerning way the past few days, with raids across Italy, rejection notices from the police stations and deportations from the Hotspots. The style is fascist, even if the law was signed off by two politicians who, in theory, ought to be fighting fascism. This government's actions are nourishing a daily xenophobia and violence against migrants which increases by the day, just as the glaring security measures close in while the government gives the nod.
Lampedusa: 40 Nigerians made to alight on a Meridiane plane to be deported

The Vos Prudence Lands at Catania

Yesterday morning, Médecins Sans Frontières' vessel, the Vos Prudence, landed the bodies of another six people who died at the border. Five of them are young women, whose bodies seemed to have remained at sea for around a week before being recovered from international waters, respectively 42 and 20 nautical miles from the Libyan coast. The sixth body belongs to a man, and was transferred by Save the Children's vessel, the Vos Hestia. 

The Vos Prudence in port at Catania

Mittwoch, 3. Mai 2017

Making Money Is The Only Goal. Murder Is Simply Collateral Damage.

The member states of Europe are spearheading a campaign to criminalise the NGOs saving lives at sea. The reason is that these organisations do not share the political line of a European community which manufactures massacres year after year, one which has turned the Mediterranean into an unprecedented mass grave. And more than this, the NGOs are not connected financially to European orders, given that many would not touch Europe's dirty money with a barge pole.
The detention centre at Caltanissetta where 'S' is imprisoned

Samstag, 29. April 2017

The Initial Reception Centre for Minors in Giarre: The Residents Speak Out

Giarre, a small town of around 27,000 people in the foothills of Etna, has been host to a range of centres for unaccompanied minors. We have previously reported and officially complained about the serious issues at these projects, which were consequentially closed by Social Services, only to be reopened by the same managing bodies elsewhere, in accordance with a logic of business and power which remains extremely difficult to extinguish. 
The initial reception centre for unaccompanied minors in Giarre, Province of Catania

Freitag, 28. April 2017

“They are trouble, that is the true reason behind the slander”

Currently, the Italian media is mounting a large-scale smear campaign targeting organizations for civil marine salvage in the Mediterranean. Not only Frontex but also prosecutors and politicians try to discredit NGOs. A status report from Italy by Judith Gleitze, borderline-europe Sicily. 

“It is an unbearable hypocrisy, especially if these attacks come from someone who holds office [...] The existence of ‘smugglers’ and of the criminal system that organizes the voyage to Europe for migrants in the most cases are a direct consequence of European and domestic immigration policies (and this is the case since the Schengen Agreement in 1985),” says Antonio Cinieri on his blog “Migr-azioni” (5).

Sonntag, 23. April 2017

Remembering The Largest Massacre in the Mediterranean, And All Migrants Who Continue To Die At Sea

On the night between the 17th and 18th of April 2015, 800 people lost their lives in the largest shipwreck in the central Mediterranean Sea since the Second World War. Bangladesh, Eritrea, Nigeria and Somalia are just some of the countries where the migrants originally came from who, after departing Libya in their desperate attempt to reach Europe, were swallowed up by the sea.