With an on-campus exhibit and online platform and in partnership with a Tunisia-based migrant advocacy organization, this project presents the voice of missing migrants of the Mediterranean. Seeking safe and dignified lives, migrants crossed from Tunisia and other MENA countries into Italy and Europe via the Mediterranean Sea route in recent years. Many do not live to reach their destination. The Italian government and the international community manage rehousing, or burial, of migrants without due process; deaths are tallied as mere statistics, and bodies are not identified nor given due respect. Meanwhile, behind each missing person is family, friend, community.
“When you talk about humanity and talk about democracy, it is all a lie so long as this [plight] exists in the world. Europe and Tunisia always mouth off empty slogans—democracy, human rights, respect for people – and in front of their eyes is a graveyard, but they did not even do a thing—this is global falsehood.” — Imed Soltani