Cycle of exploitation proves relentless for African migrant workers in Sicily | Lorenzo Tondo | Global development


Abdoulie has packed his whole life into a cardboard box. Inside there are a few clothes, a jacket, some photos of his children that he left behind in Gambia, and a pair of muddy shoes. He has placed everything on the saddle of an old, rusty bicycle and is about to leave the camp.

Until yesterday, that same cardboard box had served as the roof of the hut where he has lived for almost a year in the countryside of Campobello di Mazara, a small village nestled in a green plain of olive trees in western Sicily.

Abdoulie is one of about 2,000 migrants working in the large-scale production of extra virgin olive oil. For them, there has never been room in the city. Until last week, 200 African refugees and migrants were living in a camp of wood and cardboard shacks in a makeshift settlement, a few…

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