Chris de Bode

Milano, Italy

Above: Brahim (17) from Egypt in Milan.Below: Brahim wants to work at the fish market. He is deaf mute and talks in sign language. He smiles almost constantly. His mother, father and two of his brothers are still in Egypt but his older brother lives in Italy. He says 'I came to Italy in January 2015. I was on the boat for about 6 or 7 days, with about three hundred others. There were even mothers with babies. Yes, I was scared, the boat was dancing on the water. Because of the salt on my skin and the sun, I got burned pretty hard. First there was a helicopter that circled us, after that a boat came and picked us up. In Sicily I was registered but they just gave me a number and took my name and a photo. That was it, no fingerprints or anything else. I left for my brother in Vicenza, but after a while we got into a fight. He threw a plate at me and I got an injury on my head. So I left and came to Milan. I go to school here. First I attended a regular school, but I couldn't follow the lessons because I speak through sign language. So now I'm going to a special school. I'm very happy to be here. I want to work at the fish market, to make sure the fish is good quality. At the shelter, I followed a workshop in video making. In the video, which is like a modern satire, I show people my story and I show what it's like under the military regime in Egypt. Apparently they like it, because I won a prize in a competition. I'm very proud of it!'In the first five months of 2016, more than 33,000 migrants made the journey from North Africa to Italy. Of these, at least 5300 were unaccompanied minors (UAM). Photographer Chris de Bode met with nine UAMs living in shelters in Milan and Sicily and captured, not their despair, but their dreams in images that represented their hopes for their futures.

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