Last week I came for the first time, after arrived in Luxembourg, to the Centre de Documentation sur les Migrations Humaines – a trés sympas building at the Gare-Usine, in Dudelange (it is very easy to get there), with space for exhibitions, conference room, library and an interesting archive (not only on Italian and Portuguese Migration!).
I will write more about this visit to the Centre Doc (this is, I realize, the abbreviation that the friends of the CDMH use 🙂 ) and the tour at the Quartier Italie I did yesterday in a further opportunity. By now, if you want a quick view n the Quartier, you can see this link from the Institut Europeen des Itineraires Culturels, or this 4 pages dossier, by Antoinette Reuter, who is herself a historian, collaborator of the Centre Doc, and has been engaged with the subject of migration for long time now.
Today I write to tell about the meeting they will have this Sunday, which has as a guest Emmanuel Mbolela, with an autobiographic book on his politic activities in the République Démocratique du Congo, and the huge repression that forced him to emigrate. A touching account on the violence and the exploitation he faced in his journey, crossing the Sahara, then arriving in Morocco, where he became co-founder of an association of Congolese refugees. After four years, he acquired refugee status in the Netherlands, where a new chapter began, with other experiences and challenges to face, as, for example, the extremely harsh working conditions, which are subject mainly immigrant workers.
Emmanuel Mbolela will tell us his story and a bit about the book in a especial lecture this Sunday (08/Nov), 15:00h, at the Centre de Documentation sur les Migrations Humaines. ALL INVITED! The event is bilingual, German and French.
I will be there.
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