Interview made by the Italian Broadcasting Television Company RAI, about my report "TRANSMIGRATIONS".
Transmigrations was shot in Africa, following the route taken for one of the most epic journeys of human migration. From the dusty roads of the Atlantic coast to the ancient town of Agadez in Niger, this path crosses the emptiness of the Sahara Desert to the Mediterranean shores of Libya. A long, exhausting journey, that can take many months, peppered with dangers and setbacks which fail to dissuade thousands of young Africans from undertaking it. This migratory route passes through countries that over the past few years have seen a succession of wars, armed revolts and Al Quaeda infiltrations. In spite of these problems, the number of migrants setting off each month in search of work, urged by the unique, albeit remote, hope of reaching Europe has not faltered. Before the beginning of the war in 2011 over one million citizens of sub-Sahara Africa were present in Libya – a huge number, especially compared with the almost 70.000 migrants who landed on Italian shores from 2008-2009, the years of their greatest influx. It is estimated that 12% of all those who set sail from the African coast die during the crossing. Transmigrations tells the stories of these migrants and especially of the “stranded”, i.e., those who, having run out of money or lost the cash needed to continue their journey, are forced to work, often in slave-like conditions, hoping that their master will soon give them enough money to set off again.