"THE EUROPEAN DREAM"
ENSSAY FINALIST BY CÉSAR DEZFULI
Malick Jeng, 19, left Banjul, his hometown and capital of the Gambia, on March 14, 2016. Hi faced a risk journey to Libya, crossing the desert in Mali inside an oil tank where he almost suffocated, and being held in a Lybia prison, where he witnessed the murder of some of his fellow travelers and only gained his freedom thanks to a payment send by his Family. On August 2end 2016, he was rescued from the Mediterranean, on board of a rubber boat with 120 people on board, and transferred to Italy.
He is one of the 181.436 migrants who were rescued from the sea and brought to Italy along 2016, the year that broke the records on the migratory rout of the Central Mediterranean. Once migrants arrive to Sicily, they are transferred to temporary asylum centers located all over the country, where they can spend up to two years until they receive a answer to the asylum request.
Malick was transferred to Biella, north of Italy, where he lives since then. With this reportage, I document his daily live in Italy, which can be representative of the situation of most of the asylum seekers who arrived to Italy along the past year. I started to follow his story after photographing his res-cue in the Mediterranean.