EXODI. Migratory Routes from Sub-Saharan Countries to Europe

The web map told by migrants

Presentation: Tuesday, September 13th 2016 – 11:00 am
Sala Stampa Estera, via dell’Umiltà 83/c-Rome


EXODI is an interactive web map built on the testimonies of 1.000 migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa collected in nearly three years of activity (2014-2016) by the operators and volunteers of Medici per i Diritti Umani/Doctors for Human Rights Italy (Medu). The map describes in the simplest and most detailed way the Migratory Routes from Sub-Saharan Countries to Italy, the difficulties, the violence, the tragedy and hopes encountered during the trip.

This map is addressed to all those who want to understand and deepen the human experience marking our time. In this sense EXODI is both a map showing the stages and paths, as well as a report with data and statistics but above all a testimony that describes life stories. It is an interactive and in progress web map that will be periodically updated with new testimonies gathered from all those who will share the story of their own journey.

The information was collected in Sicily (in the Centres of Special Reception for Asylum Seekers/CAS of Ragusa and in the Reception Centre for Asylum Seekers/CARA of Mineo) and in Rome (in informal reception centres and at Medu Psychè Centre for rehabilitation of victims of torture). Testimonials were also collected in Ventimiglia and Egypt, specifically in Aswan and Cairo. In all these places Medu’s work guarantees social and health support to migrants, first medical assistance, medical and psychological rehabilitation services for victims of torture and inhuman and degrading treatment. Through updated data EXODI aims also to describe the physical and mental consequences of the journey on the health of an entire generation of young Africans; a journey in which, as a witness said, “you are no longer a human being”.

The map will be presented by the Medu team who assisted migrants and collected testimonies in Egypt, Sicily and Rome along with some direct protagonists of these journeys.

Read more here.