Maldusa is a cultural association aimed at facilitating freedom of movement, supporting existing infrastructures for migrant solidarity, as well as researching and documenting border violence, on land and at sea, on the Mediterranean routes.

Lampedusa has historically been narrated and understood merely as a border zone, with a binary representation between island of peace and island of violence. The spectacularization of crisis and emergency has oftenled to a lack of understanding of the local, continuous, daily struggles of people who inhabit and cross the island...

In Palermo, the Maldusa cultural association seeks to bridge a multitude of local and transnational realities that derive from anti-racist struggles, migrant activism and solidarity, as well as building bridges between communities on the move and their places of departure...

The Mediterranean Sea is a contested space, inhabited by a variety of actors who struggle for and against freedom of movement. Every day, people who cross the sea, authorities who surveil and abandon them, NGOs who search and rescue, fishermen and merchant vessels crews, either attempt to defy borders or, willingly or not, reinforce them...



We dedicate this slogan to the daily struggles of people, who in North-Africa are called Harraga - "border-burners" - while crossing the border without visa and burning their ID-documents afterwards not to be deported.

In this booklet we narrate the first year of Maldusa, its vision and its projects.

With one station in Lampedusa, a second station in Palermo, a boat at sea and dozens of informal and formal relationships with solidarity infrastructures and people on the move, we created solid platforms for monitoring and reporting border violence, as well as for supporting and facilitating freedom of movement.


The man on the picture liberated himself when he jumped from a so-called Libyan Coast Guards ship into the sea and escaped an intended pushback to Libya. A few days after, the IUVENTA crew liberated themselves from a seven-year long odyssey of criminalization, after the court finally had to drop all charges. Celebrated as a public holiday in Italy,...


Mediterranea Saving Humans

In Solidarity with people on the move, at land and at sea.

Watch the Med - Alarm Phone

The hotline in solidarity with people crossing the Mediterranean Sea


The Civil Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (CMRCC) is a coordination and documentation platform for people in distress in the Central Mediterranean Sea.

Ragazzi Baye Fall

Since 6 years in Palermo, a self-organised solidarity group of the Baye Fall diaspora.

Captain Support

Alternative legal support for criminalised people on the move.

Welcome to Europe

For freedom of movement: Independent information for refugees and migrants going to Europe.

Refugees in Libya

Self-organised group of people in struggle in Libya and beyond.

Border Forensics

Investigating border violence, fostering mobility justice.

Feminist Autonomous Centre for Research

Transfeminist autonomous research centre in Athens.

Borderline Europe

Civil resistance against the European migration and border policy since 2007


Searching and identifying missing migrants at the Mediterranean border.

Louise Michel

Solidarity and Resistance at Sea - combining lifeguarding with the principles of feminism, anti-racism and anti-fascism.

In Limine / ASGI

Addressing issues relating to borders control and access to international protection.