Always waiting for the next day

Another day is passing by. In Pagani, the same proscedure as avery day. People inside are waitng, waiting for their release and to continue their lifes.

Hand behind bars

While cloth donation were distributed, everybody became very excited. People started scrapping for a shoe, a short or a trouser. Local television journalists cover the chaotic philanthropy. A young man behind the bars seems disappointed:


Why do they film this? Why don’t they show our problems? They should come inside the detention centre and show to the world the degrading and inhuman conditions in our cells. We don’t need clothes, we want our freedom!

Happy day!?

“Can you not come in? Maybe you could bring back our ball, it flow over the bars!?” “Maybe if you are allowed to come inside tomorrow we will not be here any more!”

Are there no rights here???

Were are our rights!? … It is Europe after all, it is not possible they dread us like that! My little children are ill with fever since two days, I told the Police but nothing happened!!!

Khaliq, 12 years

What should we do with this cloth?” he says with a huge smile “We just want to get out of here, fast!” Khaliq is 12 years old and in Pagani since 17 days.

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The name Welcome to Europe expresses the discontent and anger we feel when looking at the fatal realities of the European external border: the long documented deaths and suffering have continued for years, and no end is in sight. We stand for a grassroots movement that embraces migration and wants to create a Europe of hospitality.


We maintain our focus on the European external border in Greece, but will not limit ourselves to that geographical area. The right of freely roaming the globe has to be fought for everywhere. Join us!


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Voices from the Inside of Pagani (2009)

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