Mediterranean Hope - Newsletter April 2017

What has Lampedusa taught us? by Paolo Naso, project coordinator MH/FCEI - Nev Agency

The Observatory of Lampedusa set up within the Mediterranean Hope, the migration project launched three years ago by the Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy, has taught us that the distinction between “economic” migrants and “asylum seekers” is becoming less significant.  Read more...

Who saves a life saves everyone, by Mediterranean Hope Lampedusa – Riforma

This article aims at giving space and a voice to those who work and are involved in rescues at sea, bringing contexts that are difficult to reach to the attention of a civilised society. Talking about what happens today in the Mediterranean gives us a better understanding of how the frontier and migration evolves.  Read more...

A Perfect Storm, by Alice Fagotti, MH's operator at the Observatory of Migrations in Lampedusa

It was the beginning of December when the news came in Lampedusa: the withdrawing of civil society rescue ships which until then had been engaged in search and rescue activities (SAR) in the central Mediterranean Sea. As Mediterranean Hope Observatory operators, we began discussing about this fact. We could no longer ignore our concerns about the developing situation at sea - a situation which, however, left us with many open questions.  Read more...

Sabha, The Migrant Hell in The Desert of Libya, by Alessandra Ziniti - La Repubblica

They call it the "ghetto of Alì" at Sabha, a fortress in the desert in the south east of Libya: high walls and barbed wire, militias armed with machine guns throughout the perimeter. Two Dante's Hell circles, one for men, the other one for women and children, in which one thousand of migrants have been held captive for months and subjected to all kinds of violence -live call torture with the families left in the villages, recorded and sent to get more money out.  Read more...

A Mosaic of Smells and Flavours, by Mauro Covato, MH's operator at the Casa delle Culture

The Culture, a great set of knowledge and traditions that characterises the mankind, fully entails food as an expression of the identity of a people. The culinary traditions of each country can often be described as a mosaic of unique aromas, smells, flavours, tastes and colours. The sense of identity and belonging of an individual to one's own culture also goes through this.  Read more...


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