Save the Children has gathered together stories of young immigrants in order to remember the battle many face to get the right nutrition.
We have become aware of the stories of immigration through endless television images, photographs and documentaries. We suffer their fate at second hand, but without being part of a real exchange.
Today, the Milan Expo offers the opportunity to meet the rest of the world. A bamboo pavilion houses stories of young immigrants from Senegal, Morocco, Egypt and Albania, who reached the Italian coast through a combination of flimsy boats and sheer good luck.
The pavilion structure, which extends over an area of 800 square meters, can be dismantled in order to be installed in new settings in the future. The children who tell their own stories in the exhibition also helped to build it.
But what happens exactly in the pavilion? What kind of experience awaits the visitor?
The focus of the project is on child malnutrition and consequently it highlights the need to relaunch the goals required to eradicate injustices regarding the lack of food and healthcare, which every year condemn 3 million children under five to certain death.
The pavilion offers the opportunity to all visitors to immerse themselves directly in the life of a poor village through a game which allows the visitor to identify with the villagers. But rather than just observing, the visitor can also change the situation as well. Accompanied on a virtual journey by a child whose life is difficult and uncertain, the visitor will have to make choices in order to live and survive. Thus, people from very different worlds will be able to walk hand in hand at the pavilion.
What better way could there be to underscore the message of Pope Francis in his address at the EXPO opening ceremony, when he reminded us that the event’s motto “Feeding the planet, energy for life” cannot be separated from the fact that if we want to call food just and healthy there must be enough of it and it should be available to everyone, regardless of where they were born, their social class, gender or religion.