Monument to the Unknown Migrant

Photo courtesy of Christian Holmér.

tunisian migrants

Introduction

No one can say when human migrations began. Probably communities as we know them, come from the search for new lands where to settle.

Similarly, no one can predict, or even less hope, that there will come a day when migrations will end.

Migrants are brave men and women, people who face the unknown, risking their lives and bearing the separation from their loved ones. They survive the violence of criminals without scruples, just to find a dimension to their dignity, a place where their individual rights can exist.

They are the ones who bring ideas and energies that can catalyze the big change.

They are the ones who built America, and those who defeated slavery.

Steve Jobs, Barrack Obama, Freddy Mercury are just some examples of what migration can make it happens.

Stopping migration, beyond being dangerous, is impossible. But countries can manage them profitably, ensuring two primary goals:

1. Counteract the aging of the population in Western countries, with repercussions on the economy, the creation of knowledge, international relations;

2. Ensure respect for human rights and the principles on which we based our communities.

What happened

The April 18, 2015, an Eritrean boat sank in the stretch of the Mediterranean that separates Sicily from Tunisia. The ship was transporting an unknown number of migrants, generally estimated at between 700 and 900. In all, only 24 victims were found and only 28 survivors were rescued.

All other passengers are shipwrecked with the boat, because the traffickers forced them to get into the cargo hold, the second level and the top of the ship.

It is one of the greatest humanitarian tragedies related to migration in recent decades.

The Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has launched a mission to locate the wreck and recover the bodies of the shipwrecked, in order to assure them a proper burial. Unfortunately, the operations are not simple (at present only eight bodies were recovered), and their identity may be determined very unlikely.

What we are doing

We want to build a Monument to the memory of Unknown Migrant, disappeared without a name: an obelisk that can honor their memory, but not only.

The project involves the construction of monumental area on the African coast, at the center of which an obelisk stands in memory of all migrants who have died without having been possible to establish their identities.

We want the Monument to be built in Africa, so that it can be an opportunity to create jobs immediately, with a positive impact on tourism and international exposure, but also a warning for those who decide to endanger the safety of themselves and their families, entrusting hope for genuine criminals.

Where

We believe that Tunisia is the best place, because it is the capital of the first Arab country that has taken the path of democracy and law and because today is under the onslaught of the restorative forces, who want to stop any process of integration and exchange between shores of the Mediterranean Sea.

The execution of the works will be fully assigned to African companies, the construction materials will be found near the site of construction.

We want to represent our solidarity, but also our disillusionment for the inability of politics to draw paths of unity and solidarity.

There was a time when an enlightened ruler was thought to be the preferable option for shaping the future of a people. Today democracy and the internet have given us a world in which ordinary people know how to exploit the media better  than reporters, talk, negotiate and manage diplomatic relations better than the politicians who represent them, communicate and establish relationships with the whole world.

That’s why we would like the people to prove their power in settling international disputes, in pointing out models of inclusive, respectful and open development.

Join this project now, let’s begin to rewrite the great history of democracy.