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The march for dignity and rights: a photo story by Carmen Sabello

The feeling when you see their faces, their bags, the long march along the banks of the River Brenta is in many ways similar to what we sensed along the Balkan route.

Something new and unexpected is happening: the protagonists of this mobilsation are shaking up that failed system of Italian ‘reception’, they have opted for self-organized exodus from the camp in order to make themselves visible, to demand a dignified reception.

They decided to start moving again, to abandon their isolation and the monotony of time in order to cross an internal border – built inside our territories in order to separate them from the rest of society, to put them in a ghetto and make them feel useless.

They decided to start moving again, to abandon their isolation and the monotony of time in order to cross an internal border – built in our territories in order to separate them from the rest of society, to put them in a ghetto and make them feel useless.

Acccording to the latest Oxfam report “the Italian lottery of reception” 1 8 out of 10 migrants are received in the system of permanent emergency which boasts 7000 structures of emergency accommodation which are lacking (or completely missing) adequate services for inclusion.

Over a thousand asylum-seekers are packed into Cona, one of the biggest centres in Italy. It is those who have left Cona that are calling for its closure, so they never have to go back, so they really feel welcome.

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  1. ITA: https://www.oxfamitalia.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/La-Lotteria-Italia-dellaccoglienza_Report-Oxfam_8_11_2017_Final.pdf