acrosstheseaAcross The Sea

Across the sea it aimed at documenting migrations journeys along main routes of the Mediterranean Sea. Grounding on the previous Through Desert and Sea, the project wants to outline the comprehensive dimension of migration from Southern to Northern shores with the long term goal of enhancing intercultural dialogue, empowering migrants and fostering alternative narratives and perceptions about migration in the Mediterranean countries.

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Thomas

When he walks through the streets of Sofia Thomas is easly noticed. There are not many black people that decide to settle in Bulgaria. In general migrants coming from Turkey, try to cross the country as quickly as possible. They can pay thousands of euro to any passeur, taxi driver, or to the same authority,
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The mayor of Shtit

From the hilltops overlooking the village of Shtit, on the eastern border of Bulgaria, the former mayor of the town shows us the fence that divides Bulgaria from Turkey, built in the last years thanks to European Union funds. A 3m double-fence covered by barbed barbed wire and protected by observation towers and a video
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Push Back

Shtit is small village of one hundred citizens close to the Turkish-Bulgarian border: a few houses, a small hotel-restaurant and a Bulgarian border police station. This place is the starting point for patrols in search of migrants at the border. Border policemen shall allow migrants to seek asylum, though, what most of them tell, is
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Those Who Can Not Pay

Some of the torture victims in the torture camps are forced to choose: to collaborate with the kidnappers or to be killed. For some time Meron had not heard from Selam, held in a camp in the Sinai. Salam has changed number and called again to the Meron radio program to inform that smugglers are
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A conversation with a smuggler

“You have 4 eritreans” “Yes I have” A relative try to speak with a smuggler demanding the liberation of four kidnapped people. From Israel they already payed, but money, said the smuggler is not enough. This audio story is part of the Across the Sea, a project aimed at documenting migrations journeys along main routes
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Selam

Selam was 22 kidnapped on her way to Israel and held in the torture camps in the Sinai desert, along with her baby, over a year. Meron Estafnos interviews her on her radio program
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To Pay Or Not To Pay

Thousands of Eritreans in Israel are desperate from their failed attempts to gather the payments of ransom for their relatives release. They sell all their possessions, and beg for the help of the local community and relatives around the world.
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Eritreans For Democracy

For decades, Eritreans fought to bring the Ethiopian occupation to an end. In 1993, Eritrea was declared as an independent state. Every year Eritreans observe a memorial day to commemorate the thousands who died in the war to end the occupation. The Marsa Open Center is one of the nine open centers for migrants that
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Voices of Eritreans

Meron Estefanos is an Eritrean Journalist and Activist living in Sweden Meron is dedicated to raise global intention to the issue of the Torture camps in the Sinai desert.
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Mahari and Berhane

Mahari Tachle reached Israel safely three years ago . His nephew, Berhane, was kidnapped on his way from Eritrea to Israel. The kidnappers demand extremely high ransom for his release which Mahari simply can’t afford.
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Welfare in Malta

Average 1.600 people are sheltered in the 9 Open Centres operating in Malta. People are released into Open Centres after a period of detention that can last up to 18 months. The main service that AWAS (Agency for the Welfare of Asylum Seekers) provide is accomodation. For all the rest migrants and Asylum Seekers are
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Malta: The Unwanted Island

The majority of the migrants who reach Malta arrive here randomly. They want to arrive in Italy but the Maltese navy intercepts them during the journey and takes them to the island. Now these people are in a unwanted country, where the Maltese citizens don’t want them, but that they can’t leave. Asylum seeker and
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What Does Refugee Means?

Paul Washimba left his country in war in 1997. During his journey, that was long almost twenty years, he understood that his status of refugee has several meanings in the different countries that he crossed. In Libya, despite his status, he was imprisoned, also Malta didn’t recognized him like refugee, therefore when he arrived, was
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The Asylum Procedures in Malta

1.499 of the 2.008 people arrived in Malta by boat from Libia in 2013, claimed for Asylum. The 71% of requests receive some kind of protection, but very few of them receive the Refugee Status. The procedure to claim for Asylum in Malta starts in detention and is led by police officers, without the presence
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Zarzis Passeur

Zarzis is one of the ports from which, in the spring of 2011, thousands of Tunisians have left in the direction of Europe. A fishing port that, in a few days, ended up in the hands of traffickers. The smugglers of Zarzis could earn thousands of euro in one night. They bought boats at exorbitant
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Disappeared in the sea. A mother song.

Following a popular revolution, in the spring of 2011 more than twenty-three thousand people took advantage of the momentary opening of the borders and left the Tunisian coast. These migrants traveled to the Italian coast on small and old ships. 4 of these boats have disappeared. In the months following the disappearance, the radio agency
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Nine days on the high seas

In September of 2013 Hussen, together with other 112 people, embarked from the Libyan coast towards Lampedusa. Escaped from his country of origin, Ethiopia, Hussen was looking for a safe place to live and he meet the sea. He spent nine days in the Mediterranean sea without food or water. He saw his friends die
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Sea Rescue – The Voices Of Zarzis Fishermen

The Tunisian fishermen of Zarzis often cross migrant boats from Libya. In September 2013 one of them rescue a stranded boat with 112 people on board. “There were six women and two children. A woman gave birth sitting on the edge of the raft,” says this fisherman. Of the 112 migrants, about a dozen have
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The story of Emad

From Libya to Tunisia. The epic story of a Sudanese family. Emad is a young doctor who lived for most of his life in Libya. Forced to leave the country in conflict in 2011, Emad and his family were stopped at the Libyan-tunisian border for 45 days, living in a strip of land, in inhuman
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Jadir – Tunisian Libyan border

Amidou is one of the many migrants who escaped from Libya in 2011. Like tens of thousands of people, he lived for a long time in the Choucha refugee camp. In the camp Amidou witnessed the traffic of men, recruited by smugglers and shipped to Lampedusa from the Libyan coast.
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Choucha, a refugee camp in the desert.

Choucha refugee camp was set up on 24 February 2011. The tent city is located in the Tunisian territory, in the governorate of Médenine. Managed by the UNHCR, the site was officially closed in the summer of 2012, but in December of 2013 it was still inhabited by about nine hundred migrants, installed in makeshift
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Choucha camp

The Choucha camp was officially closed in the summer of 2012. In December of 2013, however, it was still inhabited by hundreds of migrants, installed in shacks, without water and electricity and without any kind of humanitarian assistance. Here, people are divided between “rejected”, who have not obtained refugee status by the UNHCR, and “not
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From Libya to Tunisia. The epic story of a Sudanese family

From Libya to Tunisia. The epic story of a Sudanese family. Emad is a young doctor who lived for most of his life in Libya. Forced to leave the country in conflict in 2011, Emad and his family were stopped at the Libyan-tunisian border for 45 days, living in  a strip of land, in inhuman
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Tunis Medine

Mr. Amidou is a tailor and he wanted to be an example. To show to the others that it is possible to live in Tunisia after Choucha. But after eight years of Maghreb, he has not yet managed to get even a document and looks dismayed at his past. “My life,” he says, “is like
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The Border

10 kilometers of 6 meter height fence separates Africa from Europe. A metal fence dividing absence from abundance. There are those who want to cross it and others who work to prevent the fence to be crossed. The fence is a hell for many and the “only defense” for few.
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Beni Ensar

In Southern Melilla there is Beni Ensar Border Crossing, the most important frontier between the Spanish city and Morocco. Every day workers and goods cross the border and the busiest moments are those chosen by dozens of immigrants to sneak in the main door.
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Melilla Kids’ Journey

Tens of young migrants, each year, cross the border between Morocco and the Spanish city of Melilla illegaly. Their objective is to embark secretly on the ferries that, each day, go to the Peninsula, to Spain. They want to build a new life there but, meanwhile, they have to live in the center for minors
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Eleven days on a Kayuko

The plan was to spend nine days at sea, but it is rare that everything goes well during a such complicated journey. Fara survived eleven days in a cayuco trying to reach Tenerife from Senegal. Life in search of a dream.
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No Man’s Land

You can reach Spain from Algeria by boat or under a truck. Ouren already tried by boat and after being deported, he doesn’t want to risk his life at sea. Now he wants to try it across the land.
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Always on the Back Way

Nabil turned 13 on the Spanish soil. Since then he has spent all his life here. After having been deported to Morocco, Nabil started his way back. The path he took will lead him to risk his life, hidden under the platform of a truck.
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Barrio Chino in Melilla

Barrio Chino is the Eastern border pass to Melilla, this is the place where exists a particular business called “atypical trade” but in reality it is just smuggling: a lot of trucks arrive in the early morning near the border of Barrio chino, both in the Spanish and in the Moroccan sides. Moroccan people, men,
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