Riace (Italy), October 2018

A few days ago Janusz and Jan were visiting Calabria while taking part in Sabir Fest 2018.
In these days Janusz spontaneously joined one of the groups travelling from Reggio Calabria to join the protests in Riace. Here are his pictures and a short description of the issue.
Riace, a small village in Italian Calabria is a great example of how a local community can successfully offer shelter to undocumented refugees and integrate them fully into its life.
Since 1998, Riace has been following the strategy of welcoming refugees and through that, giving new life to their fastly depopulating village. Again, since 2016, Riace’s mayor Domenico Lucano made of Riace a global village where 500 refugees and asylum seekers from 20 countries are hosted.
Earlier this month, mayor Lucano was accused of aiding illegal migration. In response, more than 6.000 protesters came to Riace to protest against these accusations.
Result: Mayor Lucano has been banned from town and the government of Italy is to transfer the migrants of Riace away.

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