Pubblicato su The Caravan, India e Internazionale (maggio 2019)
In the afternoon of 25 October 2018, 14-year-old Nidal and 15-year-old Haseeb walked through the narrow streets of Camini, a small town in the region of Calabria, in southern Italy. Nidal’s family had come from the village of Kafaroumah, at the gates of Idlib, a town in northwestern Syria where forces opposed to the regime of Bashar al-Assad still resist. Haseeb was from Lahore, in Pakistan, and had been in Italy for the
past four years, with his 13-year-old sister Muskan. The two boys chatted
and laughed as they headed for the multimedia classroom run by the local
cooperative Jungi Mundu—which, in the Calabrian dialect, means “unite the
world.” Their class that afternoon dealt with the age of European colonialism
and the rise of nationalism.
Without the immigrants, these arid lands, plagued by organised crime and poverty, will only remain inhabited by old people. Schools will close and the houses will no longer be lit up in the evening. The fear of the “other” and the desire to reject, rather than
welcome, will only lead to a desolate future.