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Lampedusa and the refugees
a production by Roman Herzog (2005)
| a radio documentary
of 57 minutes
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The Island of Lampedusa is a handful of rocks, large less than twenty square kilometres, further Europe's coast than Africa’s. In origin a town of fishermen it has become a tourist resort.
As effect of the new European immigration politics that since the 1990'es restrict and deny the possibilities of legal entry, the island of Lampedusa has become one of the main arrival points of the so called “clandestini”, the "illegal" immigrants. In the summer months they arrive almost daily, women, men and children who departed from Libya or Tunisia and risked their lives trying to cross the sea. This illegal traffic of people has become an international business, which is a profit for many, with exception of the refugees.
The Ethiopian Dico Benti Debelar and Mahmoud Mizibor from Bangladesh arrived as “clandestini” in Lampedusa. In this documentary they tell the stories of their escape from their home countries and their dramatic crossing of the sea to arrive at "La Porta d’Europa", Europe’s gate, and their unhuman suffering in the refugee camp of Lampedusa, the so called CPT, the Italian Centre of Temporary Permanence, a sort of black hole where nobody gets inside, “even if it would be the general secretary of the UN”, as an interviewed partner points out. Meanwhile military forces declare openly in the documentary their practices of diversion, of turning back the immigrants to their harbours of departure in the international waters.
Every year in summer the emergency due to overcrowding of the camp in Lampedusa returns constantly, notwithstanding the great number of military and police forces which are implied in Europe’s “defence” against the refugees. It’s such a predictable emergency to suggest that the whole issue is not only tolerated but encouraged, as some interviewed partners are willing to declare.
And the residents of Lampedusa? Some of them just want to deny the access to the island to any refugee, others wish for a different immigration policy from the European Community.
But in the meantime the fishermen of the island keep on finding the corpses of those refugees who didn’t reach the island and found their tragic end in the sea.
The documentary has a duration of 57 minutes.
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|Porta d'Europa (2005)
a radio documentary directed and produced
by Roman Herzog
The beach of Lampedusa