Open Encounters

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Long-time friend of MotM, Pazi (Gambia), spoke to Open Encounters via phone from Rome, Italy about racism after weeks of unrest in the US after the murder of George Floyd. We are energized by his voice, his vision, and his audacity to speak of the city around him totally unapologetically, even while he frequently remains the center of grotesque moments of racial discrimination. He will not shrink in the face of it.

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And hear his original episode with Open Encounters from 2019.

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What is Open Encounters?

Hear the voices of the people who have crossed the Mediterranean Sea. After crossing continents, countries, the Sahara desert and the Mediterranean on inflatable boats, now they are on the next journey, of settling their lives in Italy, and beyond.

From humanitarian storytelling publication Migrants of the Mediterranean, this podcast brings light to the migrant flow in Italy and the EU in human terms. Migration continues to dominate the headlines in Europe, the US and around the world, but still so often only in political terms. Here, we change that.

Get to know the individuals themselves in one-on-one conversations with host and founder of Migrants of the Mediterranean, Pamela Kerpius.

Learn more about Migrants of the Mediterranean and read every journey story at the site.