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BLACK SNOW


Joan Bardeletti

Last year, about one hundred african migrants having shored in Lampedusa island coming from Libya at war were transferred in Montecampione, a ski resort at 1 800 meters high in the italian alps. It was part of the global plan of the Italian government to empty the migration camp in Lampedusa to spread refugees on the whole country. This african refugees, for most of them never having seen snow or even mountains, stayed stuck for 4 months in this isolated ski resort 20 km far from the first village down the valley, waiting for their situation to be clarified by the authorities, with just football to play and a 1 minute phone call per person and per week. Italian state paid a hotel for their food and accommodation. In October 2011, cold coming, they organized a march down the valley to be recorded. An association, K-pax, in collaboration with local authorities decided to experiment with them a new micro integration process: by group of 5 or 6, no more, they live now in apartments in a dozen of small villages of the Camonica valley down from Montecampione, follow italian courses in the morning and do work, cultural, religious or sport activities in the afternoon. The aim is to ease their understanding of the italian culture and their integration in the local society where racist party Lega Nord is very strong. In January 2012, I followed them during a week and shared with them a pilgrimage trip back to Montecampione. To tell this story, I wanted to abandon the classical photojournalistic approach, asking the migrants to wear life jackets. This striking objects record that the everyday life photographed here is for them a complex integration process. They are also a visual memory in this alpine environment of the path taken which was primarily maritime and of the traumas they went through which will be long to leave aside. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Last year, about one hundred african migrants having shored in Lampedusa island coming from Libya at war were transferred in Montecampione, a ski resort at 1 800 meters high in the italian alps. It was part of the global plan of the Italian government to empty the migration camp in Lampedusa to spread refugees on the whole country. This african refugees, for most of them never having seen snow or even mountains, stayed stuck for 4 months in this isolated ski resort 20 km far from the first village down the valley, waiting for their situation to be clarified by the authorities, with just football to play and a 1 minute phone call per person and per week. Italian state paid a hotel for their food and accommodation. In October 2011, cold coming, they organized a march down the valley to be recorded. An association, K-pax, in collaboration with local authorities decided to experiment with them a new micro integration process: by group of 5 or 6, no more, they live now in apartments in a dozen of small villages of the Camonica valley down from Montecampione, follow italian courses in the morning and do work, cultural, religious or sport activities in the afternoon. The aim is to ease their understanding of the italian culture and their integration in the local society where racist party Lega Nord is very strong. In January 2012, I followed them during a week and shared with them a pilgrimage trip back to Montecampione. To tell this story, I wanted to abandon the classical photojournalistic approach, asking the migrants to wear life jackets. This striking objects record that the everyday life photographed here is for them a complex integration process. They are also a visual memory in this alpine environment of the path taken which was primarily maritime and of the traumas they went through which will be long to leave aside.


 

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A lifejacket I used for this reportage

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«In Montecampione, there was just eating, watch TV and sleep», write Gossou an african refugee from Ivory Coast

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These african imigrants arrived by boat in Lampedusa in 2011. Upon decision of the Italian government to empty the Lamedusa camp, they were sent to Monte Campione a Ski resort at 1800m altitude in July 2011. They were left there for 4 months with nothing to do and almost no contact whith the outside world. In Oct. 2011 thanks to a strike they were sent by group of 2 or 3 in the various villages of the Camonica valley for an experiment of micro integration while waiting for the status to be clarified. Here, in Feb 2012, 4 months after having left it they came back to Montecampione.

Commune di Brescia, Italie - 23/01/2012

 

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Abdou Sow, coming from Senegal through Libya, is watching skier from the hotel windows. In the background the fences around the football field which was their only occupation when they were there.

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One of the imigrant enjoying a coffee offered by the hotel owner as they came back ina pilgrinage after 4 months in the Camonica valley

Commune di Brescia, Italie - 23/01/2012

 

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The African immigrants getting out of the hotel where they stay 4 montsh in Monte Campione

Commune di Brescia, Italie - 23/01/2012

 

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Henry, african refugee from Nigeria, describe his life when he was in Montecampione.

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Happy, a refugee from Nigeria, is coming back in the appartment he shares with 4 other migrants in Cerveno vilage after italian classe

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Ibrahim, Happy and Henry, 3 Nigerain refugee, preparing lunch in teh appartment where they live in Cerveno village. They live here with a Syrian and a Kenyan refugee.

Cerveno, Commune di Brescia, Italie - 23/01/2012

 

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Three Senegalese refugee are having afternoon tea and wtaching Italian Calcio on TV after having done work type activities outside

Pia Camuno, Commune di Brescia, Italie - 23/01/2012

 

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Dentist operation in Esine hospital for a Refugee for Zambia

Esine, Commune di Brescia, Italie - 23/01/2012

 

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Happy is petting his neighbours dog in the garden he share with them, enjoying the winter sun.

Cerveno, Commune di Brescia, Italie - 23/01/2012

 

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Ibrahim and Henry are watching a card game in the small bar of Cerveno after having visited the local church

Cerveno, Commune di Brescia, Italie - 23/01/2012

 

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Cloths drawings done by Ibrahim, who was a tailor during 10 years in Libya before escaping the country during the war. Life was good there he said and he could make about 1 000€ a month without too much effort. He is a very strong activist among the refugees, urging them to take their responsabilities and to ask for their rights.

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African Immigrants visiting the Casa Museo in Cerveno, a museum on the life of people of the Camonica valley 100 years ago.

Cerveno, Commune di Brescia, Italie - 23/01/2012

 

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Happy, Ibrahim and Henry are doing their grocery shopping at the Lidl supermarket in Breno. A person from the K-pax association is following them and pay the items but choosing, preparing the ingredients list, managing a budget is their responsability and an important path into integration as they cross their neigbours with their trolleys doing the same.

Commune di Brescia, Italie - 23/01/2012

 

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Happy, Ibrahim and Henry are doing their grocery shopping at the Lidl supermarket in Breno. A person from the K-pax association is following them and pay the items but choosing, preparing the ingredients list, managing a budget is their responsability and an important path into integration as they cross their neigbours with their trolleys doing the same.

Commune di Brescia, Italie - 23/01/2012

 

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Happy, Ibrahim and Henry are doing their grocery shopping at the Lidl supermarket in Breno. A person from the K-pax association is following them and pay the items but choosing, preparing the ingredients list, managing a budget is their responsability and an important path into integration as they cross their neigbours with their trolleys doing the same.

Commune di Brescia, Italie - 23/01/2012

 

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In the Pia Camuno church oratorio, 4 Senegalese refugees hosted in the village talk with the priest before a football game with local italian inhabitants.

Pia Camuno, Commune di Brescia, Italie - 23/01/2012

 

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Ibrahim Diallo is an imigrant from Senegal; He arrived in Libia after 5 years of travel around Africa. He then board a boat to Lampedusa. He pose here at the point of the road going down from Monte Campione ski resort where all African immigrants were stopped by the police as they begun a protestation march down after 4 months in Monte Campione.

Monte Campione, Commune di Brescia, Italie - 23/01/2012

 

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«My hope» is a text of Saïdi Manda, a refugee from Gambia, telling his story from Libya to Italy and his dreams for the futur. It was written during an italian class.

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5 African immigrants from Senegal, sharing teh same appartment, are doing work type activity in teh afternoon. They are giving a hand to a local cleaning company cutting grass and tree branchs in the local school parc.

Pia Camuno, Commune di Brescia, Italie - 23/01/2012

 

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5 African immigrants from Senegal, sharing teh same appartment, are doing work type activity in teh afternoon. They are giving a hand to a local cleaning company cutting grass and tree branchs in the local school parc.

Pia Camuno, Commune di Brescia, Italie - 23/01/2012

 

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5 African immigrants from Senegal, sharing teh same appartment, are doing work type activity in teh afternoon. They are giving a hand to a local cleaning company cutting grass and tree branchs in the local school parc.

Pia Camuno, Commune di Brescia, Italie - 23/01/2012

 

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African immigrants in a wood lab learning to work out wood with an italian teacher. This activities are done in teh afternoon while italian lessons are given in teh morning.

Piancogno, Commune di Brescia, Italie - 23/01/2012

 

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Henry, a Nigerian refugee write how he escaped Libya during the war

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Happy is giving an english lesson, helped by his friends Ibrahim and Henry seated, to children of the secondary school of Capo di Ponte.

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Italian lessons done by a retired italian teacher in Esine. Every morning, these Ivorian refugee attend theses lessons for 3 hours. In teh afternoon, they have cultural or work type activities.

Esine, Commune di Brescia, Italie - 23/01/2012

 

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Cristian african refugees at the church of Edolo during a week day office. Italian lessons are alos given in the church oratorio.

Edolo, Commune di Brescia, Italie - 23/01/2012

 

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A Senegalese refugee show the video he did on his phone of refugee’s dead body in the libyan desert as he was waiting himself for rescue

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3 immigrants from Cameroon hosted in Pisogne watch the Iseo Lake during a

Pisogne, Commune di Brescia, Italie - 23/01/2012

 

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«My name and foreanme are Seikou Sanneh. I am 21 years old. I was born in Libya from Gabian parents and I was a student at the university when the war in Libya started. I have no idea where are my parents now. I spoke with my friends there but they tell me they did not see them anymore. I arrived in Italia on the 29th of June 2011; I was in Lampedusa and then I was sent to Mandoria a camp near Torino and finally in Montecampione; but I was not happy because I did not hear my family’s voice since one year now and there was nothing to do up there. I stayed in the sea during 5 days coming from Libya; there was no water and nothing to eat. Now I leave in Cogno village in an appartment. I am a little OK, and a little KO because I always think about my family in Libya».

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the road to Montecampione after a snow storm.

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Happy, Ibrahim and Henry, 3 Nigerian refugees, are discovering Monte Campione ski resort during a snow storn, 4 months after having left it. It is the first time they actually see snow and they celebrate it.

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Three african immigrants from Nigeria (Henry, Ibrahim and Happy) are coming back to Monte Campione in a pilgrimage type trip 4 months after having left. It was also the first time they saw snow as snow storn wellcomed them back.

Monte Campione, Commune di Brescia, Italie - 23/01/2012

 

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Three african immigrants from Nigeria (Henry, Ibrahim and Happy) are coming back to Monte Campione in a pilgrimage type trip 4 months after having left. It was also the first time they saw snow as snow storn wellcomed them back.

Monte Campione, Commune di Brescia, Italie - 23/01/2012

 

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The three years trip of Ibrahim from Senegal to Libya and finally MonteCampione.

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