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​The Mothers of Mare Nostrum

“They are the mothers of the desaparecidos of our home or, rather, of Mare Nostrum”, wrote Tonio Dell’Olio in “Mosaico di Pace” “They are the mothers of the thousands of migrants who driven by desperation left North Africa and never reached the other shore, the other landing-place. They are people who may be merely numbers for us: 24,000 from 2000 to 2014 and more than 2,800 only last year. For their mothers they cannot be merely numbers and for this reason these mothers decided to learn the lesson of the Argentine Madres de Plaza de Mayo: [Mothers of Plaza de Mayo]. Every Thursday, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., they meet in squares in Rome, Palermo, Turin and Messina to walk about in silence, letting only the photos of their disappeared offspring speak. This jolts our consciences and those of the whole of Europe which does not allow the creation of humanitarian corridors, considers goods more important than people and cannot succeed in adopting measures capable of saving human lives. It prefers to leave them in the hands of mafias that gratefully proceed to exploiting the poorest of the poor for their own gain. It doesn’t seem to us that there has been any television coverage of the initiative and for this reason we want to contribute to giving a voice to their dignified silence which simply asks for mercy and justice, memory and solidarity, or even just a tear.

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Oct. 15, 2019

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