Mediterranean Hope - Newsletter June 2017

MedHope_logo.jpgLike a morning coffee, by Irene Cocco, volunteer of Mediterranean Hope at the Observatory of Lampedusa

"There were about one hundred and fifteen people without nothing left and so we departed. The journey lasted six hours until an Italian ship rescued us in international waters. I am safe and I have to go back to being who I was. I have to start playing sports. I have to start walking. I have to stop thinking about Libya, where one day lasted a month and the beatings were daily, like the morning coffee here in Italy.”  Read more...

The Ordinary and Extraordinary Experience of Sharing, by Nora Dannenmann, MH's volunteer at the Casa delle Culture in Scicli

The work here at the Casa delle Culture has given me the chance to plan my projects to have a clearer idea about my future. I have been very happy over these months. We had beautiful moments, celebrations, birthdays, Kevin's birth, and sad ones, too (terrible stories, medical urgencies and mourners affecting the most beloved ones of our kids. I do not want to forget anything. Everything that I experienced has allowed me to grow.  Read more...

The Emotion of Justice, by Marta Bernardini, MH's Operator

"The presence of Mediterranean Hope at Kirchentag was valuable and significant. In addition to the closing worship, we had the opportunity to present the project at two conferences in Berlin one of which was attended by a widely international audience and representative of many institutions. The main objective was certainly to illustrate what has been happening in Lampedusa and in the Mediterranean sea. But, above all the aim was to give a significant account about Humanitarian Corridors".  Read more...

The humanitarian corridors took off from Syria a year ago: When integration is not a fairy tale, by Michela Suglia, ANSA.IT

"They took what they had, packed it into a suitcase and grabbed the second chance that life had given them on a flight to Rome Airport. On arrival, they unpacked their suitcase and what was inside slowly began to expand, adapting itself to their new home. The humanitarian corridors project, which for the first time is managed by the Italian government, together with the community of Sant’Egidio and Waldensian Church, has helped nearly 800 migrants leave Syria and Lebanon without risking their lives in the cargo hold of a boat and with the possibility of seeking asylum".  Read more...

No foreigners allowed! The European Proposals To Modify The Right of Asylum, by Annapaola Ammirati - Open Migration

"The proposed Regulation of Qualifications attributes to international protection a transitional nature as long as people need it, providing for mandatory and periodic revision of the holding of the right of protection.
The proposal for Rules of Procedure extends to Europe to the Greece-Turkey model, making the application of the concepts of "safe third country", "first country of asylum" and "safe country of origin" mandatory in an alarming consistency".  Read more... 


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