Children of Ramadan and Elena, a stateless family living in Rome

Stateless in italy

 

There are approximately 15 000 stateless people living in Italy. In collaboration with CIR - Consiglio Italiano per i Rifugiati and financial support of Open Society Foundations, I documented the lives of two families living in Rome without a citizenship, without papers, without rights. Their stories can be read on a special website I created for the #NonEsisto campaign. The goal of the campaign is to achieve legal reform of procedures leading to recognition of statelessness and ultimately access to citizenship through the draft law submitted to the Italian Senate.
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The photo series and videos have been published on InternazionaleLa Repubblica Foto, La Repubblica Article and La Repubblica VideoVita,  Redatore Sociale Article and Redattore Sociale GalleryRadio Popolare, Left and a few others.
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Stateless in Italy - Videos

 

As a part of the campaign #NonEsisto, I interviewed both of the families, as well as a Tibetan artist who was the first in the history of the country to have received a recognition of statelessness and ultimately a citizenship. More on the website of the #NonEsisto campaign or on my YouTube channel.

 

Nyima
An artist of Tibetan origins is the first person in Italian history to have been granted the recognition of his statelessness and ultimately an Italian citizenship. Listen to his story [in Italian]


Elena
& Ramadan

Elena, a wife of Ramadan, tells us of their everyday obstacles that the lack of documents and rights places in front of them. Ramadan, born in Macedonia, has been fighting his stateless status for decades now.  [in Italian]


Sandokan
Sandokan's statelessness has brought grave consequences to his daughter, Cristina. Due to her mental and physical disabilities, as well as the inherited statelessness, Cristina faces greater obstacles than most. [in Italian]