Les Étaques
independent publishing collective

humanity revolting

our struggle for work and the right to happiness

Aboubakar Soumahoro

january 28th 2022




« We wanted to collect unused and abandoned panels and metal sheet plates to fix our house in the campsite. While Sacko and me were on the roof of a structure collecting panels, i heard a gunshot that alerted us and forced us to go down immediately. Having identified the source of the gunshot, i noticed far away a man, on higher ground, who was looking at us, his shotgun pointed at us. »

In this essay mixing political thoughts, and stories of his life, Aboubakar Soumahoro analyses the era since his experience as an immigrant farm worker in the south of Italia. While work is more and more precarious, the migrant workers seem to be the most vulnerables. The author invites us to see the struggle of immigrants with their specificities, but above all, to consider it like a more global struggle against all forms of oppression, at the crossroads of class issues, of race and gender. Against a racially oriented vision of the world, which demeans the dignity of those who are only seen as « migrants », he cites Albert Camus to promote a « right to happiness » with an universal range.


Arrived from Ivory Coast at the age of 19 years old, Aboubakar Soumahoro has become a leading political actor of the italian polical landscape.. He is one of the founders of the Coalition internationale des Sans-Papiers et des Migrants.

In the medias

Didier Epsztajn, « Le bonheur reste une idée neuve », Entre les lignes entre les mots, january 25th 2022

« L’humanité en révolte », from Aboubakar Soumahoro, Babelio, january 28th 2022.

« L’humanité en révolte », from Aboubakar Soumahoro, CQFD, february 4th 2022.

« L’humanité en révolte », from Aboubakar Soumahoro, Usul, mediapart, february 7th 2022.