Today, more than four and half million foreigners live in Italy. This is the story of those who boarded a boat full of sugar to start a new life.
Twenty years have passed since that day, and most of those who boarded the boat were sent back to Albania. Many still attempt the crossing today
On August 7, 1991, the ship Vlora returns from Cuba, arriving at the port of Durazzo, Albania, with 10,000 tons of sugar in stowage. While unloading, thousands of people unexpectedly rush the ship and force the captain to sail to Italy. It's an uncontrollable mob of men, women, and children. When the motor breaks, there is no food or water -- only sugar. As night descends, the captain guides the ship without radar, avoiding a collision. The next morning, the ship, crowded with 20,000 people, arrives in Bari, Italy. To those who see her approaching, the ship looks like a teeming ant hill -- a mass of bodies clinging to one another. Docking is difficult. Some people jump ship and swim to the dock. Others yell out "Italia, Italia," making the sign of victory with their fingers.
||Eva Karafili, Agron Sula, Halim Milaqi, Kledi Kadiu, Robert Budina, Eduart Cota, Alia Ervis, Ali Margjeka, Giuseppe Belviso, Nicola Montano, Domenico Stea, Fortunata Dell’Orzo, Luca Turi, Raffaele Nigro, Maria Brescia, Luigi Roca, Vito Leccese