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Inhuman Trafficking: Violations of Human Rights and Failing Policies in the Mediterranean

With Sally Hayden, Laura Silvia Battaglia, Ottavia Spaggiari, Juan Matías Gil

24 September 2022    11:30 - 13:00

Fondazione Collegio San Carlo – Teatro

Via San Carlo 5
Modena, 41121 Italia


In 2018, Irish reporter Sally Hayden was contacted by a from a refugee trapped in a Libyan detention centre: “Hey, we need your help”.

A 4-years investigation followed, revealing the abuses being perpetrated against migrants trying to flee their war-torn home countries, and unraveling how the policies of the EU did not help to alleviate the sufferings.

In 2022, the investigation became the book My Fourth Time, We Drowned: Seeking refuge on the world’s deadliest migration route, which was awarded the Orwell Prize for Political Reporting in the UK.

Hayden will discuss her findings and the bleak situation for migrants in Northern Africa and the Mediterranean Sea with Ottavia Spaggiari, Investigative journalist and Fellow at the Alicia Patterson Foundation in Washington DC and Juan Matías Gil, Head of Mission SAR at Médecins Sans Frontières. The panel will be moderated by Laura Silvia Battaglia, award-winning journalist and documentarist. The talk will be moderated by journalist and documentarist da Laura Silvia Battaglia.

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Laura Silvia Battaglia

Journalist and documentarist

Laura Silvia Battaglia al-Jalal is a freelance award-winning journalist. She has worked in Middle Eastern conflict zones since 2007 with…

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Juan Matías Gil

Head of Mission (Search & Rescue) Médecins Sans Frontières

Born in Buenos Aires. Registered economist with a Masters in Human Rights and Conflict Management. 14 years’ experience in the…

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Sally Hayden

Journalist and Author

Sally Hayden is the author of ‘My Fourth Time, We Drowned: Seeking Refuge on the World’s Deadliest Migration Route‘, which…

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Ottavia Spaggiari


Ottavia Spaggiari is an investigative journalist and long-form writer. Her work has appeared in The Guardian long read, The New…

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