Chris de Bode

Milano, Italy

Above: Vojin (16) from northeastern of Kosovo.
Below: Vojin wants to work in a hotel. He says 'I've been here since September. My father is a farmer. I guess I did the same as other kids my age: I went to school, played soccer. But my country is poor…. You don't get paid a lot, while the cost of living is high. Fuel is really expensive and if the summer is really hot, the crops fail. My mother, father and brother are still there. My friends all got why I wanted to leave, I just wanted to give my life a new direction. It was a two day trip from Kosovo, Serbia, Hungary and Slovenia. The whole trip took me about two days and 800 Euros, which my father paid. Crossing the border to Italy took about six hours, I crossed it together with some Arabs. I think they were Syrians. I ended up in Milan by chance, but I like it here. I go to school here in the centre, I'm learning Italian. It also do gym here, and when I'm sad I can talk to people.. Life is difficult here as well. But I'm convinced that if I study hard and work hard, life will be less difficult than it was in Kosovo. Soon I'll be having my exams, and in September I want to try and find a job in a hotel, maybe as a waiter. I'd like to study to be able to work in a hotel, but I'm not sure what I want to be after that. Why a hotel? Cause I like meeting other people.'
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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