Lampedusa is the very first place where migrants land after their difficult journey from north Africa. From here they are sent to several detention centers in Italy.
A new centre is going to be open in the next days in a residence in Mineo, close to Catania (Sicily) in what used to be a residence for NATO employees!
It seems that up to now about 8000 migrants have arrived from Tunisia.
At the moment there are probably about 1400 migrants in the Lampedusa detention center (there is barely space for 800!)
What follows is a personal account of an NoBorder activist's journey to Lampedusa.