At a ski resort in northern Italy’s Susa Valley, outside Turin, children scoot their way onto the bunny slopes as others make snow...
At a ski resort in northern Italy’s Susa Valley, outside Turin, children scoot their way onto the bunny slopes as others make snow angels.
But deeper in these woods, not far from the border with France, a dangerous and sometimes deadly scene unfolds.
Just after midnight, Red Cross workers pick up a 28-year-old man, an African migrant. His pulse is weak and his breathing is shallow — classic symptoms of hypothermia. The altitude is 6,000 feet and it’s 10 degrees Fahrenheit, but he’s not even wearing a jacket — just a hoodie, jeans and sneakers. One of his rescuers, Alessia Amendola, pours him some hot tea.
“Immigrants are trying to go from Italy to France, illegally of course,” she says. “We are in the mountains, where it’s really dangerous.”
On average, she and other Red Cross volunteers rescue 15 migrants per night. But they have rescued as many as 40 in one night. Most are from sub-Saharan Africa. They’ve already risked their lives crossing the Mediterranean Sea from North Africa to Italy. Now they’re trying to get out of Italy, which has made clear it doesn’t want them. But this time, they’re in an unfamiliar Alpine climate.