Off the coast of Lampedusa, Sicily, Italy. Many people from Africa try to reach this Italian island to seek asylum in Europe.

Lampedusa has become a prime transit point, a first step, for immigrants from Africa. To enter Europe, the immigrants are forced to pay smugglers to help get them to Lampedusa by boat. Most of them will never arrive in Lampedusa and will die, also women and children, during this hard and suffering travel. The immigrants that will arrive in Lampedusa are transferred, by Italian law, into CPTs (Centres of Temporary Stay), for only 30 days, and then they are forced to go back in their own country. Most immigrants will try to stay in Italy and work illegally.

Aug. 2004. Off the coast of Lampedusa, Sicily, Italy.A sea tramp from Libya, filled beyond its capabilities with refugees. A ship from the Italian Navy and the naval unit from the Italian Coast Guard escort it to Italian shores.
Aug. 2004. Lampedusa, Italy. Off the island of Lampedusa, Coast Guard Commander, Niosi, heads a resuce operation which saved the lives of hundreds of refugees trying to reach the Italian coast from Libya.
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Aug. 2004. Lampedusa, Italy. Refugees after being pulled to shore by a Coast Guard naval unit.
Aug. 2004. Coast Guard on the naval unit which has just rescued refugees
Aug. 2004. Refugees after being pulled on to a naval unit from a sea tramp coming from Libya.
Aug. 2004. Lampedusa, Sicily, Italy. The Coast Guard's naval unit landing at midnight.
Aug. 2004. Lampedusa, Sicily, Italy. The Coast Guard's naval unit landing at midnight.
Aug. 2004. Port of Lampedusa, Italy. Midnight.A Coast Guard official distributes water bottles to hundreds of refugees just brought to shore by a naval unit, which rescued their boat off the coast.
Aug. 2004. Lampedusa, Sicily, Italy.The island cemetery. Crosses with just a number, but no names for their tombs, were erected by the local parrish priest for some of the refugees found dead on the island's beaches after a shipwreck.
Aug. 2004. Lampedusa, Italy. Garbage dump, where refugee boats are hauled.
Aug. 2004. Lampedusa, Italy Tourists enjoying their summer holiday in Lampedusa.
Oct. 2004. Palermo, Italy. Hope and charity mission. Outside the center set up by Brother Biagio Conte, hundreds of African refugees have been welcomed and found solace, In the center, which survives on private donations and volunteers from Catholic assoc
Oct. 2004. Palermo, Italy. Hope and charity mission. In the center set up by Brother Biagio Conte, hundreds of African refugees have been welcomed and found solace, In the center, which survives on private donations and volunteers from Catholic associatio
Oct. 2004. Palermo, Italy. In the center run by Brother Biagio Conte.Adam Harun, 18 years, Sudanese. Adam escaped from his home in a village in the Darfur region of Sudan because of the war. After having traversed the Libyan desert, he succeeded in traver
Feb. 2005. Palermo, Italy. In the hospice center run by Brother Biagio Conte, Osman Mano, 29 year old Sudanese, has found temporary refuge. Osman escaped from his hometown of Tin̩, on the border of Chad. In the bloody conflict raging in the Sudanese regi
Feb. 2005. Palermo, Italy. Fatima Abdirahman Ishap received asylum 2 years ago. She lives in Palermo and earns Euro 500 per month working as a cleaning woman for a retired couple. She would like to become a nurse when her Italian improves.