Francesca Mannocchi is an award-winning freelance journalist.
She contributes to Italian TV, and Italian and international magazines.
In recent years, she has covered wars and the migration crisis in Syria, Tunisia, Iraq, Palestine, Libya, Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey, Yemen, and Afghanistan. In 2016 she co-directed the documentary ‘If I Close My Eyes‘, on the lost generation of Syrian refugees in Lebanon, screened at Rome Film Festival. In 2018 her documentary ‘Isis, tomorrow‘, on the sons of Isis fighters in Mosul, directed with the photographer Alessio Romenzi, has been screened at 75° International Venice Film Festival. She is the author of four books.
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In Wardak province, we witnessed a funeral for two soldiers killed in a night-time ambush by the Taliban. “You invaded us, you gave us the illusion of freedom, you left and now you have resumed bombarding us with your B-52s. Go away, you are no longer welcome,” shouted a man from the back of the room.
In an increasingly inhospitable Lebanon, Syrian refugees are often told to “go back home.” Home, they say, is all they dream of in their harsh exile beset by winter and exploitation.
War, hunger, blackmail, abuse, exploitation, and fear – in Libya, they’ve become an inescapable destiny for migrants fleeing dire situations in their home countries.