Today it’s been announced that the death toll from the sinking of an immigrant boat off the coast of the island of Lampedusa last Thursday has risen to 232. The boat, which was carrying 500 people, most of them Eritreans and Somalians but also people from other African nations seeking work and a new life in Europe, caught fire and then capsized shortly before reaching the Sicilian island that is the first port of call for many Africans crossing the Mediterranean. Italian divers are being confronted with horrific scenes in the seas, including the discovery of what one diver called a ‘wall of people’, corpses ‘so entwined one with the other’ that it was difficult to pull them from the water.
Who’s to blame for Lampedusa? Fortress Europe
If you want to prevent these terrible boat sinkings, then stop criminalising migration.
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