Kader Diabate is twenty-one years old and was born on the Ivory Coast. His is not a story like any other. Or rather, it is the story of many people – unfortunately too many – but the difference is that Kader has found a way to tell it and with it, starting from that, the strength to make it the basis of his activism. In 2016, he left his country to come to Europe, in search of a better life, of course, but also of the ideal conditions to express and develop a passion that has accompanied him since he was thirteen years old: the one for civil and human rights, his country, his people, the world. The journey, which in 2020 became a book – "The skin in which I live", published by Laterza in Italy – was obviously terrible: the journey through the desert, the captivity in Libya, the harshness of the Mediterranean Sea. A journey and conditions sadly well-known.
Arrived in Reggio Calabria, he soon found himself in Camini, a small town in Locride that became famous for making the welcoming of migrants a precise plan for repopulating itself. A winning integration model which Kader himself benefited from, who in Camini met people who helped him study and deepen themes close to him, including his adoptive family. Today, from Puglia, Kader came into contact with Unicef (he is one of their ambassadors), taking part in important testimonial projects concerning immigration issues and the new generations, whilst also representing Italy in a conference at the Global Compact For Migration. But his commitment is not limited to this: for some time now, he has been touring the schools of Southern Italy to raise awareness amongst young people on human rights issues, telling his own story and those of others, and he founded "Generation Consciente", an association that deals with socio-cultural community development.