In Between



Fuelled by numerous humanitarian crisis in Africa, Middle East and Asia, and a worsening situation of widespread violence in lawless Libya, the desperate exodus towards Europe through the Mediterranean continues. Between January 2014 and October 2017 on average 8 people a day died in the Mediterranean trying to reach Italy. It is the most lethal migratory route in the world, with more than 10,000 deaths in 3 and a half years (source: IOM).

The migrants’ ordeal in Libya and during the previous journey from their country of origin is horrifying: abductions, extortions, torture, forced labour and rape are common reports among the testimonies of the survivors. The only way forward is the one that smugglers offer: precarious, overloaded dinghies that not even under the most favourable weather conditions would make it to Italy. Being spotted at open sea is their only chance of survival.

‘In Between’ documents the humanitarian tragedy unfolding in the Mediterranean, in international waters off the coast of Libya. This reportage was conducted on board the Aquarius, a humanitarian rescue vessel rescuing and assisting migrants who, after embarking in Libya, try to reach Italy through a deadlier than ever sea crossing.

Run by the NGOs SOS Méditerranée and Médicins Sans Frontières, the rescue vessel Aquarius has saved more than 9,000 people during 70 rescue operations carried out from February 2016 to March 2017.

PHOTO REPORTAGE (Aug 2016 – Mar 2017)



Troubled Waters (2017)
Award-winning 7:49 min documentary video
Photography, Video and Edit: Marco Panzetti
©Marco Panzetti / SOS Méditerranée

In Between - On board a migrants rescue vessel in the Mediterranean (2016)
5:59 min documentary video
Photography, Video and Edit: Marco Panzetti
©Marco Panzetti / SOS Méditerranée


Tages-Anzeiger (June 2017)
The Times (March 2017)
LA Times (March 2017)
Diari Ara (March 2017)
Regards (January 2017)
Il Manifesto (November 2016)
Witness Journal (December 2016)


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