"We want to be treated just the way you guys have been treated. We want to be loved just the way you guys have been loved," said Fabulous (Nigeria) via phone from Limatola, Italy. He spoke to Open Encounters about racism after weeks of unrest in the US after the murder of George Floyd. But this conversation is about much more. His experience in Italy, he says, is so much defined by not being believed. It's about his reason for being there not being believed––by the authorities who interview him for his asylum case, and by the citizens around him. Even after three and a half years in the country, he feels he is not just unaccepted, but that in the eyes of society, his sheer reason for being there is a false premise.
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.