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1 L A M P E D U S A MARE NOSTRUM Di Sergio Ramazzotti parallelozero

2 Channel of Sicily. Officers of the Italian warship San Marco on the bridge during navigation in a patrol sector some 100 miles south of Lampedusa

3 Lampedusa. Italy s southernmost point. An island barely larger than its airport, lost in the middle of the Mediterranean 120 miles north of the Libyan coast. A dream. Every year, thousands of desperate migrants set sail from the Northern African shores on board overloaded and precarious boats, and attempt to cross over to this tiny island which, in their eyes, represents Europe and the chance for a new, better life. Many exactly how many is unknown never make it: the boat capsizes in a storm, or simply sinks under too much weight, and the passengers drown in the same waters which parted them from their dream. To prevent as many as possible of these casualties, Italy has deployed an imposing aero-naval operation called Mare Nostrum, whose main task is to save the migrants before it is too late. They are then taken to Italy, either Lampedusa or Sicily. But once they get there, their dream is still very far from coming true.

4 Channel of Sicily. A soldier of the San Marco brigade on board a vessel which approached a fishing boat loaded with migrants and going adrift, after it was spotted at dawn by the Italian warship San Marco

5 Channel of Sicily. Eritrean migrants on board a vessel of the Italian warship San Marco, used to rescue their boat which was going adrift

6 Channel of Sicily. An EH 101 helicopter on the flight bridge of Italian warship San Marco in navigation south of Lampedusa during operation Mare Nostrum. The chopper is used for patrolling the Channel of Sicily, as well as for SAR operations

7 Channel of Sicily. Syrian and Eritrean migrants have been transferred by the soldiers of the San Marco brigade on board a vessel of Italian warship San Marco from their boat going adrift, after this has been spotted at dawn some 100 miles south of Lampedusa

8 Channel of Sicily. Syrian and Eritrean migrants are transferred by the soldiers of the San Marco brigade on board a vessel of Italian warship San Marco (right, in the background) from their boat going adrift, after this has been spotted at dawn some 100 miles south of Lampedusa

9 Channel of Sicily. Syrian and Eritrean migrants are transferred on board Italian warship San Marco after being rescued from their boat going adrift some 100 miles south of Lampedusa

10 Channel of Sicily. Syrian and Eritrean migrants are transferred on board Italian warship San Marco after being rescued from their boat going adrift some 100 miles south of Lampedusa

11 Channel of Sicily. Migrants in the cargo bridge of Italian warship San Marco, which rescued them some 100 miles south of Lampedusa and is taking them to Sicily

12 Channel of Sicily. Syrian migrants in the cargo bridge of Italian warship San Marco, which rescued them some 100 miles south of Lampedusa

13 Channel of Sicily. Syrian migrants in the cargo bridge of Italian warship San Marco, which rescued them some 100 miles south of Lampedusa

14 Channel of Sicily. Eritrean migrants in the cargo bridge of Italian warship San Marco, which rescued them some 100 miles south of Lampedusa

15 Channel of Sicily. An EH 101 helicopter landing on the flight bridge of Italian warship San Marco in navigation south of Lampedusa during operation Mare Nostrum. The chopper is used for patrolling the Channel of Sicily, as well as for SAR operations

16 Channel of Sicily. Agents of Italian state police identify Syrian migrants rescued by Italian warship San Marco some 100 miles south of Lampedusa and kept in the ship s cargo bridge

17 Channel of Sicily. Officers of the Italian warship San Marco on the bridge during navigation in a patrol sector some 100 miles south of Lampedusa. The ship s captain Eugenio Zumpano, center, watches as the on board interpreter (right) asks on the radio the crew of a Tunisian fishing vessel to identify themselves

18 Channel of Sicily. Syrian and Eritrean migrants transferred by the soldiers of the San Marco brigade on board a vessel of Italian warship San Marco from their boat going adrift, after this has been spotted at dawn some 100 miles south of Lampedusa

19 Channel of Sicily. The daughter of Syrian migrants in the cargo bridge of Italian warship San Marco, which rescued them some 100 miles south of Lampedusa

20 Channel of Sicily. Syrian and Eritrean migrants are transferred by the soldiers of the San Marco brigade on board a vessel of Italian warship San Marco from their boat going adrift, after this has been spotted at dawn some 100 miles south of Lampedusa

21 Channel of Sicily. Syrian and Eritrean migrants in the cargo bridge of Italian warship San Marco, which rescued them some 100 miles south of Lampedusa

22 Channel of Sicily. Eritrean migrants in the cargo bridge of Italian warship San Marco, which rescued them some 100 miles south of Lampedusa

23 Channel of Sicily. An EH 101 helicopter landing on the flight bridge of Italian warship San Marco in navigation south of Lampedusa during operation Mare Nostrum. The chopper is used for patrolling the Channel of Sicily, as well as for SAR operations

24 Lampedusa. Eritrean immigrants arrived on the island and being kept in the immigrant reception centre since a few weeks stare at the horizon from the base of the Virgin Mary statue overlooking the port

25 Lampedusa. The migrants shipwrecks stacked near the port

26 PARALLELOZERO, VIA DONATELLO 19/A, MILAN

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