Samstag, 31. Mai 2014

3,300 new arrivals over few hours

Today at 7.30 am, 200 Eritreans (including 10 children) disembarked at Lampedusa. They stayed on the Favarolo pier the entire morning. Gazebos were put up, but the migrants did not move from the pier (meaning that the centre does not even open in case of emergency). The Red Cross asked for children’s clothing , and some citizens of Lampedusa started a charity collection. The Lampedusa Accoglienza bus closed off the entrance to the pier and guaranteed its privacy (the centre’s staff is still entirely under contract), aided by 4 army jeeps from the “Safe Streets” operation. Currently, the ferry is still docked, and will only reach Porto Empedocle later tonight, at about 3.30 am.
The Borderline Sicilia Editorial Department

Migration, 3,300 refugees rescued and brought to Sicily
La Repubblica PALERMO – New migratory wave to Sicily: over 3,300 migrants have been rescued from pontoons lost at sea. The total number of arrivals in 2014 so far amounts to more than 43,000, which is equal to the final number of arrivals by sea to Italy, registered for the year 2013. The Northern League is highly critical, and has verbally attacked the Mare Nostrum operations. The day has thus been of paramount importance for the Italian Navy and Coast Guard ships in the Sicilian Channel. During the night and into the next morning, 500 migrants were being transferred to Lampedusa. The Euro ship and the Peluso patrol ship carried – respectively – 531 and 705 people to Porto Empedocle.
2,000 further arrivals to the Ragusa area: 450 migrants on the Libra ship, convoy of the Asso 25 tug boat which has rescued 1,300 people; furthermore, a trawler carrying 250 people had been towed off Marina di Ragusa. Among the passengers there were numerous children and pregnant women. The Mare Nostrum ship, in particular, rescued two migrants who were immediately transferred by helicopter to the Lampedusa hospital, because of their critical health conditions. The hospital also received a 9-month pregnant woman, rescued by the Libra ship, and transferred on a Coast Guard cutter ship.
The Borderline Sicilia Editorial Department

Translation: Angela Paradiso