Chris de Bode

Messina, Sicily, Italy

Above: Mamadou (17) from Guinea Bissau on a staircase in Messina.
Below: Mamadou wants to be a professional runner. He was born in Guinea Bissau. He lost his father when he was a little child so his mother decided to move to The Gambia where they used to live. In The Gambia he discovered a passion for athletics and particularly for running. When his mother disappeared in 2015, probably kidnapped or killed, he decided to leave The Gambia. When Mamadou arrived on 30 March 2016 in Italy, he was very weak because of the journey. He says: 'I abandoned The Gambia and my passions, looking for a safe place. Today running helps me in healing the pain for the loss of my mother.' Two months later, after having recovered, he started to talk about his passion for running again and he started training on his own. Today, Mamadou dreams of joining an Italian athletics team and becoming a professional runner.
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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Chris de Bode
Messina, Sicily
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