Participatory Action in Messina – Sicily

On the 20th of June our collaborator Arci Thomas Sankara Association put in place a performance for the International Refugee Day. At 6.00 pm everyone reached the Main Square of Messina, called Piazza Cairoli. Refugees and volunteers built a symbolic wire-border wall. They attached on it more than 10 different stories describing the lives and journeys of the displaced, reflecting on the concept of ‘borders’ in Europe and the world, and the life and conditions in the camps of Messina. A public discussion followed on the meaning of ‘international refugee day’. The discussion focused on current conditions, push-backs and lost lives in the sea. The public meeting ended with a symbolic destruction of the wire-border. Transitory Lives – Giuliana Sano


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