Darkness before Daybreak: African Migrants Living on the by Hans Lucht

By Hans Lucht

This riveting e-book chronicles the lives of a gaggle of fishermen from Ghana who took the lengthy and hazardous trip to Southern Italy looking for paintings in a cutthroat underground economic system. a narrative that illuminates the character of high-risk migration world wide, Darkness prior to break of day reveals the demanding situations and reports of those foreign migrants who, like numerous others, are usually within the information yet are not often understood. Hans Lucht tells how those males live to tell the tale the fringes of society in Naples, what the usually lethal trip around the Sahara desolate tract and Mediterranean Sea concerned, and what their lives within the fishing village of Senya Beraku—where there are not any extra fish—were like. Asking how those males locate that means of their stories, Lucht addresses broader existential questions surrounding the lives of financial refugees and their death-defying fight for a lifestyles worthy dwelling. He additionally considers the ramifications of the various deaths that happen within the wilderness and the ocean if you happen to are left behind.

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It’s an adventure—you seek your fortune. In Naples, you can get an odd job without documents, and a cheap place to live. And if you’re hungry, you can go to the Catholic shelter and get free food and clothes. You can’t prevent them from coming, mind you. It’s a matter of risk and reward, of loss and gain. It’s not easy staying in Africa, trying to make ends meet, trying to have three meals a day. Then, one day, one boy decides to travel to Europe and another one follows him. And soon enough, if you stay behind, people will say, “Are you crazy?

The typical kinds of work are construction and farming. The young Senya men prefer construction work (coming from a fishing village, they generally look down on farmwork as provincial [Lucht 2003]), though nobody can afford to be particular. Wages vary between 25 and 45 Euros for ten to twelve hours of work, with the average day’s wage hovering closer to the bottom of that range. The illegal immigrants are not always popular with the local community and are accustomed to harassment when they offer themselves for work.

The latest amendments to the law, from July 2009, make undocumented migration punishable by a fine of 5,000 to 10,000 Euros, and those who house undocumented immigrants can face up to three years in prison. The most controversial part of the legislation, however, allows for unarmed citizen guards to patrol the streets (Ammendola et al. 2005: 11; BBC 2009a; Levinson 2005: 3; Venturi & Villosio 2006: 92). The number of illegal immigrants in Italy varies, according to one estimate, between 200,000 and 500,000 at any one time (Venturi & Villosio 2006: 93).

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