"When I went to the North of Italy I have to say I felt a bit of racism, not because I was black, but because I came from southern Italy." Silvia tells us her experience as an Italian of Ghanaian descent.
It's not easy to be light about topics of intolerance, racism. Sometimes issues are avoided, or difficult to express. Especially at work. JR is a successful activist, advocate of health rights and aware of many controversies that have long hit his native land, Mindanao.
Mindanao is not just any of the 7.017 islands of the Philippines. If you don't know about what's been going on there for decades, you're probably just too young, or uninformed. JR was one of the few nurses reaching remote rural areas, to bring support and help in emergency situations. Currently, he's attending international conferences on HIV within a Protestant church organization. His struggle has three layers: being Filipino, gay, and having HIV.
Despite the Philippines' rating as a middle income country, being Filipino certainly doesn't help aim at equal wages with "white" counterparts. As for homosexuality, it's quite accepted, but particularly so within a frame of expected behaviors, ambitions and orientations. JR also discusses how HIV medicines differ between rich and poor countries, leading to substantial unequality in health rights across the globe.
Interview with a particular man. He had visions. He traveled the world. And now he's looking for a new place to call home.
La giornalista Alessia Cerantola mi intervista su Radio Bullets. Si parla di Filippine, disastri naturali, corruzione e del mio documentario Stormed.
Work is often the reason for many migrations. However, sometimes it's money that rules the game. Listen to the story of M. from Senegal.
Freelancers, NGO workers, startuppers are featured in this episode of JobGeist, a web series dedicated to work today in Athens, Greece. Soon we will be talking about Italy as well.
Living in Rome is not like living in any other city. Completely dysfunctional, yet stunningly beautiful, Rome sums up all the flaws and privileges of Italy. Starting this week, I will be leading a photographic tour of three particularly under-explored areas of Rome. For more info, check out the tour on Mekomy's website. Below, a little homage to these parts of Rome.