Essay Archive

Read the personal essays documenting the work and experience of MotM in Lampedusa, Rome and beyond.
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23 July 2018

here together

The future of MotM + strings of humanity from D.C. to NYC.

9 July 2018

MOVING WITH PURPOSE

A report on migrant life in Rome in spring 2018.

8 July 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.

26 June 2018

rome: alien to itself

Rome's vicious cycle.

15 June 2018

Motm + the icmp partner at the swiss embassy in rome

On Monday, 11 June MotM partnered with the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) at their conference, “Profiles of the Missing” at the Embassy of Switzerland in Rome.

2 May 2018

The news at sea

On anger and feeling forgotten.

20 March 2018

The Geography of time

“Manchi tu nell’aria” (“I miss you in the air”) ––Umberto Tozzi

5 February 2018

Solidarity in macerata

Hate and violence will not divide us.” –Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni

2 January 2018

new year note

On human compassion, moments of peace, and encounters with others that make life immeasurably enriched.

19 December 2017

TRUTH AND FREEDOM

On confronting racism among contemporaries.

27 October 2017

going back to where you came from

Tourism in Lampedusa was at a volume 40% higher than it was the previous year. Tensions soar.

8 September 2017

One day in mexico

A startling confrontation with the US-Mexico border wall in Nogales, Mexico.

25 July 2017

random acts of kindness

Finding balance in a cross-border existence.

16 July 2017

A Weekend Disruption

Italy considers closing its borders, and other notes.
(Image courtesy: MSF_Sea)

31 May 2017

taming a transatlantic trauma

A cultural readjustment from Sicily to New York City to the Arizona desert.

18 May 2017

departures, reunions, returns

Preparing to leave Rome, where migrants are left unseen.

10 May 2017

the fluorescence

Bewilderment at the fluorescent border between worlds: from Libya to Lampedusa.

4 May 2017

way out there in the blue

An afternoon lost at sea.

27 April 2017

a recap from rome, milan and more

How things look outside of Lampedusa, from the Chiasso, Switzerland-Italy border, to Milan, Bergamo, and Rome.

18 April 2017

more than 8,000 easter arrivals

An Italian Easter weekend with thousands of migrant arrivals.

11 April 2017

the moon when the sky clears

Cloudy days of life in Lampedusa.

4 April 2017

landing in lampedusa

How we got here, and where we are going.