MotM Essays, Updates and More
The MotM essay archive documenting our work and experience in Lampedusa, Rome and beyond.
they are shackled and chained
In which she spends a week in Tucson witnessing Operation Streamline deportation hearings.
This Is what’s up
In which we get caught up on three months, from Italy to Arizona.
Out of the past
In which she reunites with Ebrima after two years.
everything you need
In which she packs her suitcase for good.
Reflect, Celebrate & Anticipate
Happy New Year 2019!
you give me hope
18 months later, we hear from Yanks, too.
i will be in touch with you always
Out of the blue, we hear from Ousman.
Brave new world
Part II: In Milan, in which she visits il pronto soccorso.
Going with the flow
Part I: In Malta, in which she loses her voice.
Observing New York City’s open wounds and the historical trajectory of ICE on 9/11.
the quality of lives
Cries for help from migrants in camps across Italy.
The future of MotM + strings of humanity from D.C. to NYC.
MOVING WITH PURPOSE
A report on migrant life in Rome in spring 2018.
call it by its name
MotM Op-Ed: It is not a "political crisis." Migration in Europe is a humanitarian crisis and it is not over.
rome: alien to itself
Rome's vicious cycle.
Motm + the icmp partner
MotM partners for the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) conference at the Embassy of Switzerland in Rome.
The news at sea
On anger and feeling forgotten.
The Geography of time
“Manchi tu nell’aria” (“I miss you in the air”) ––Umberto Tozzi
Solidarity in macerata
“Hate and violence will not divide us.” –Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni
new year note
On human compassion, moments of peace, and encounters with others that make life enriched.
TRUTH AND FREEDOM
On confronting racism among contemporaries.
going back to where you came from
Tourism in Lampedusa was 40% higher than it was last year. Tensions soar.
One day in mexico
A startling confrontation with the US-Mexico border wall in Nogales, Mexico.
random acts of kindness
Finding balance in a cross-border existence.
taming a transatlantic trauma
A cultural readjustment from Sicily to New York City to the Arizona desert.
departures, reunions, returns
Preparing to leave Rome, where migrants are left unseen.
Bewilderment at the fluorescent border between worlds: from Libya to Lampedusa.
way out there in the blue
An afternoon lost at sea.
a recap from rome, milan and more
Beyond Lampedusa: from the Chiasso, Switzerland-Italy border, to Milan, Bergamo, and Rome.
more than 8,000 easter arrivals
An Italian Easter weekend with thousands of migrant arrivals.
the moon when the sky clears
Cloudy days of life in Lampedusa.
landing in lampedusa
How we got here and where we are going.