Igloos built by migrants warm hearts in Italian Alps village

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Igloos built by migrants warm hearts in Italian Alps village

Africans help restaurant owner lure tourists
Omar Kanteh of Gambia, with red fleece at center, and Moussa Sissoki of Mali, holding a shovel at center right, are surrounded by children as they build igloos in San Simone di Valleve, near Bergamo, northern Italy. Migrants from African nations picked up the art of igloo-making to help a local restaurant owner lure tourists back to this dying mountain resort.
Omar Kanteh of Gambia carries a block of ice as he helps build an igloo with Davide Midali, owner of an igloo village in San Simone di Valleve, near Bergamo, northern Italy.
Children playing with sleds behind an igloo village built in San Simone di Valleve, near Bergamo, northern Italy. With this year’s significant snowfall, restaurant owner Davide Midali, with the help of migrants from Africa, set out to create a series of igloos to house guests overnight in what once was a thriving ski resort.
Tourists relax on sun chairs next to an igloo village in San Simone di Valleve, near Bergamo, northern Italy. With this year’s significant snowfall, restaurant owner Davide Midali, with the help of migrants from Africa, set out to create a series of igloos to house guests overnight in what once was a thriving ski resort. In the background are the ski lifts closed because of financial issues.
Tourists Elena Rota and Giovanni di Giovanni prepare beds for the night inside an igloo at an igloo village in San Simone di Valleve, near Bergamo, northern Italy.
Tourists take a selfie outside an igloo in an igloo village in San Simone di Valleve, near Bergamo, northern Italy. With this year’s significant snowfall, restaurant owner Davide Midali, with the help of migrants from Africa, set out to create a series of igloos to house guests overnight in what once was a thriving ski resort.
Omar Kanteh of Gambia, left, stands next to a fire with Davide Midali, owner and manager of an igloo village in San Simone di Valleve, near Bergamo, northern Italy.
Tourists walk after sunset in an igloo village in San Simone di Valleve, near Bergamo, northern Italy. With this year’s significant snowfall, restaurant owner Davide Midali, with the help of migrants from Africa, set out to create a series of igloos to house guests overnight in what once was a thriving ski resort.
Omar Kanteh of Gambia lights a candle after sunset at an igloo village in San Simone di Valleve, near Bergamo, northern Italy. Migrants from African nations picked up the art of igloo-making to help a local restaurant owner lure tourists back to this dying mountain resort.
A night view at an igloo village in San Simone di Valleve, northern Italy. The local hotel now houses about 80 African asylum-seekers who were assigned to live there, but those migrants have picked up the art of igloo-making to help a local restaurant owner lure tourists back to this dying mountain resort.

Igloos built by migrants warm hearts in Italian Alps village

Omar Kanteh of Gambia, with red fleece at center, and Moussa Sissoki of Mali, holding a shovel at center right, are surrounded by children as they build igloos in San Simone di Valleve, near Bergamo, northern Italy. Migrants from African nations picked up the art of igloo-making to help a local restaurant owner lure tourists back to this dying mountain resort.
Omar Kanteh of Gambia carries a block of ice as he helps build an igloo with Davide Midali, owner of an igloo village in San Simone di Valleve, near Bergamo, northern Italy.
Children playing with sleds behind an igloo village built in San Simone di Valleve, near Bergamo, northern Italy. With this year’s significant snowfall, restaurant owner Davide Midali, with the help of migrants from Africa, set out to create a series of igloos to house guests overnight in what once was a thriving ski resort.
Tourists relax on sun chairs next to an igloo village in San Simone di Valleve, near Bergamo, northern Italy. With this year’s significant snowfall, restaurant owner Davide Midali, with the help of migrants from Africa, set out to create a series of igloos to house guests overnight in what once was a thriving ski resort. In the background are the ski lifts closed because of financial issues.
Tourists Elena Rota and Giovanni di Giovanni prepare beds for the night inside an igloo at an igloo village in San Simone di Valleve, near Bergamo, northern Italy.
Tourists take a selfie outside an igloo in an igloo village in San Simone di Valleve, near Bergamo, northern Italy. With this year’s significant snowfall, restaurant owner Davide Midali, with the help of migrants from Africa, set out to create a series of igloos to house guests overnight in what once was a thriving ski resort.
Omar Kanteh of Gambia, left, stands next to a fire with Davide Midali, owner and manager of an igloo village in San Simone di Valleve, near Bergamo, northern Italy.
Tourists walk after sunset in an igloo village in San Simone di Valleve, near Bergamo, northern Italy. With this year’s significant snowfall, restaurant owner Davide Midali, with the help of migrants from Africa, set out to create a series of igloos to house guests overnight in what once was a thriving ski resort.
Omar Kanteh of Gambia lights a candle after sunset at an igloo village in San Simone di Valleve, near Bergamo, northern Italy. Migrants from African nations picked up the art of igloo-making to help a local restaurant owner lure tourists back to this dying mountain resort.
A night view at an igloo village in San Simone di Valleve, northern Italy. The local hotel now houses about 80 African asylum-seekers who were assigned to live there, but those migrants have picked up the art of igloo-making to help a local restaurant owner lure tourists back to this dying mountain resort.

Igloos built by migrants warm hearts in Italian Alps village

Moussa Sissoko of Mali, left, helps build an igloo with Davide Midali, owner of an igloo village in San Simone di Valleve, near Bergamo, northern Italy. The local hotel now houses about 80 African asylum-seekers who were assigned to live there. The migrants have picked up the art of igloo-making to help a local restaurant owner lure tourists back to this dying mountain resort.

Igloos built by migrants warm hearts in Italian Alps village

Omar Kanteh of Gambia carries a block of ice as he builds an igloo at an igloo village in San Simone di Valleve, near Bergamo, northern Italy. The local hotel now houses about 80 African asylum-seekers who were assigned to live there. The migrants have picked up the art of igloo-making to help a local restaurant owner lure tourists back to this dying mountain resort.
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