1. l Sahara Occidentale è il territorio dove il popolo Saharawi vive da secoli. Questa zona, ricca di fosfati e coste pescose, è da sempre stata oggetto di mire espansionistiche, a cominciare dalla Spagna con la colonizzazione del 1884. Nel 1975, il Marocco ha illegalmente occupato il Sahara Occidentale con la “Marcia Verde” di 300.000 civili marocchini, seguita da bombardamenti al napalm e fosforo bianco. Metà della popolazione Saharawi è stata costretta a fuggire nei campi profughi nell’ostile deserto algerino -dove ormai vive “ospite” da 39 anni-, mentre il resto vive ancora nella propria terra natìa, sotto la brutale occupazione del Marocco, in quella che si può definire l’ultima colonia africana. La vasta area del Sahara Occidentale “occupata” è divisa da quella “liberata” dai Saharawi, attraverso il muro militare più lungo al mondo, costruito in più fasi dal Marocco: 2.700 km di sabbia, 150.000 militari marocchini e 5 milioni di mine antiuomo.

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  2. “We want Greece belongs to the Greeks. We are proud to be Greeks, we want to save our national identity, our ancient history. If that means being racist, then we are. We do not want the same fate of Native Americans. At this time, immigrants are the cowboys and we are the Apache. "
    These words belong to Kasidiaris one of the spokesmen of the Golden Dawn, the neo-Nazi party in Greece who is pursuing violent positions and intolerant attitude towards immigration, which had already talked about landmines and license to kill.
    The violence of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn - now the third political force in the country - is reaching peaks more and more acute.
    I started this photographic project because I wanted to better understand the crisis in Greece, I wanted to tell the exponential rise of racism against immigrants, the difficult social conditions of this country who are providing an outlet for the phenomena of cultural isolation, xenophobia and violence, which account for those arriving, an insurmountable obstacle for the enjoyment of even the most basic human rights. Currently, there are more than one million immigrants living in Greece and many of them have the sings of the racist violence just on their faces and on their flesh.
    I found myself to share with immigrants their personal stories, from Lesvos to Athens, to Patras, be with them, to live their expectations, their hopes, their stay hidden, their idea of home and expectation of survival.

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