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Finally Africa

Yes, I say finally because I always wanted to travel and experience Africa personally, not as I conventionally seen it.

I went for one week in Akosombo, a village not very far from Accra, the capital of Ghana, with Alessandro, a close friend who actually made this trip possible.

Let’s face that when we talk about Africa, we mention something bigger than a continent, as someone (R. Kapuschinski) used to say “Africa is a universe”.

It’s very CLEAR that those six days in Ghana did not give me enough time and knowledge to understand or criticize the issues of a country. My personal idea is that Ghana can be much more beautiful then it is already.

More photos are available here.
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Chasing a Dream. Europe

I have recently read Bilal(unlikely I couldn’t find any English version), written by Fabrizio Gatti, an Italian journalist for the weekly magazine L'espresso.

The book tells the stories of many people who every day risk their life chasing the dream of reaching Europe, no matter how. The price for they dreamed journey is expansive, nearly 2000 € (Euros), which will just pay the trip from the north coasts of Africa to the southern regions of Europe, such money will not include the money payed for the trip trough the Sahara desert and the money stole by the army and the police! Working in all sorts of conditions and fields, even selling water for they fellow dreamers that will start the long trip trough the desert, those people do literally anything that will start their journey…

It’s well known that many of them don’t reach Europe nor the northern coast of Africa, paying the most expansive price, their LIVES. Bilal also talk about the ones who finally arrive in Europe, facing the often very cloudy way to obtain a job and a life.

This is an extremely short description of the magnificent work of Fabrizio Gatti, but also another occasion to speak and remember the brave of those people.

The photos below show the boats which departing from the coasts of Tunisia and Libya, are used to cross the Sicilian channel and reach Lampedusa, also called “the door of Europe”.