07 Dec '17, 6am

From Libya's migrant hell to Italy's handbag fashion world

From Libya's migrant hell to Italy's handbag fashion world

Shares Handbags made by migrants at the Lai-Momo headquarters, a vocational training programme to teach skills in leather bag making to those seeking asylum in Italy. © AFP / MIGUEL MEDINA By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE , LAMA DI RENO, Italy, Dec 7 – From forced labour in Libya to a job as a founding member of an Italian fashion start-up, Bassirou has come a long way in two years, thanks to his skills with scissors. The 26-year-old Burkina Faso native is the star student of a novel project aimed at training asylum seekers in one of Italy’s most emblematic crafts: making leather handbags And after a 15-month apprenticeship, Bassirou has just become the first employee of a small company set up with the aim of turning the project into a self-sustaining venture. “It is a great opportunity,” he says of his new career move. “I had done a bit of cutting and sewing back home but that was...

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