Life after hell
Photography by Marco Panzetti
Story edited by Cosimo Calabrese
Through a collective narration made of portraits, testimonies and daily life insights gathered at various reception centres across Italy, this project aims to return names, voices and faces to the refugees
The IOM estimated that as of the end of 2016 there were 700,000 to 1 million migrants in Libya. In most cases, they an unlawfully imprisoned in detention camps run by armed smugglers and suffer from all sorts of abuse, including slavery practices and torture (source: Amnesty International). Fleeing their country first and from Libya after, between January 2014 and October 2017 on average 8 people a day died in the Mediterranean trying to reach Italy. it is the most lethal migratory route in the world, with more than 10,000 deaths in 3 and a half years (source: IOM).
Nevertheless, during the same period more than 500,000 people reached Italian shor es, and over 270,000 of them applied for asylum. During the 2year wait for their cases to be processed, asylum seekers in Italy are hosted in receptic centres nationwide. They have the right to food, accommodation, Italian lessons and pocket money, but d ue to their undefined status it is nearly impossible for them to be legally employed.
Throughout the summer of 2017, Marco Panzetti visited 5 of those reception centres, from the tiny mountain village of Vedeseta in the north to the seaside Sicilian city of Messina in the south, to collect some of their stories. The result is life after Hell', a multimedia project where photography, video, audio and text combine to reveal the sometimes shocking asylum seekers' testimonies about Libya, the Mediterranean crossing and, ultimately, their situation in Italy.
This project was co-financed by the EU-funded Migration Media Award and supported by its partners ICMPD (International Centre for Migration Policy Development) and Open Media Hub. Part of the photo/video material was produced on assignment for the British Red Cross and SOS Méditerranée.
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