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Faceless Bodies

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Faceless Bodies
title Faceless Bodies
subtitle Giving Back Identity to the Victims of the Mediterranean
author
publisher Raffaello Cortina Editore
format Book
language Italian
pages 200
publication 2018
ISBN 978883285ENG
 
The body of a boy with a little boundle of earth from his homeland, Eritrea, in his pocket; the body of another, from Ghana, with his library card; a report card in Arabic and French that
someone had carefully sewn into the lining of a jacket, found on the remains of a child.
These bodies are victims of the Mediterranean, victims who met their death on the run-down vessels that cross the sea in an attempt to reach Italy, bodies that explain how it is possible to “die of hope”. Many are even denied an identity.
This humanitarian emergency of migrants crossing the Mediterranean has returned to the European shores thousands of bodies, more than half of these have not been identified.
Written from the personal point of view of a forensic pathologist, this book recounts the attempt to give a name to these anonymous victims, and explains how these bodies,
by far more eloquent than the living, bear witness to the violence and desperation of our times.
 

Author biography

Cristina Cattaneo is full professor of Forensic Medicine at the University of Milan and director of LABANOF (Laboratory of Forensic Anthropology and Odontology). She is a member
of Forensic Advisory Board of ICRC and She is currently collaborating with the Office of the Special Commissioner for Missing Persons in identifying migrants who drowned at sea,
particularly those who lost their lives off the island of Lampedusa on October 3, 2013 and April 18, 2015.

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