Bassirou, Ibrahima, Amadou, Ismaila and Alagie are young migrants and refugees who arrived in Italy in the past few years from West Africa through the Central Mediterranean Route. They all share the same passion for photography, so they decided to tell about their period of the coronavirus lockdown through their cameras.
Migrants and refugees around the world are especially vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic. In many places around the world, people living as refugees, migrants or internally displaced face immense barriers to accessing healthcare and preventative services like proper handwashing and sanitation facilities.
These photographers are participants of U-Topia, an active citizenship programme launched in 2019 in Sicily, a region in the south of Italy hosting in the past few years around 40% of all unaccompanied minors in the country.
Bassirou is also an ambassador for U-Report on the move, launched by UNICEF in 2017 to let young migrants and refugees speak out on issues that matter to them. Learn more about the U-Report platform, here.