Current Event Cat of the Day: Migrants Overboard

Current Event Cat - Swim Migrants

The Italian coastline strikes again! But this time it wasn’t a cruise liner, it was a boat carrying African migrants – or Europe’s equivalent of illegal Mexicans.

The boatload of migrants, mostly from Eritrea and Somalia, sank off the southern Italian island of Lampedusa after a fire broke out onboard.  The boat was thought to have been carrying about 500 people at the time of the sinking but only 100 or so managed to swim to shore. Of the 100 survivors, only three were women and none were children.

The death toll is currently around 150 but is expected to rise quite a bit, making the tragedy one of the deadliest migrant shipwrecks in modern history. Soon after the sinking, Italian divers began pulling the bodies out from the water and laying them down along the shoreline.

It’s horrific, like a cemetery, they are still bringing them out,” Lampedusa Mayor Giusi Nicolini told reporters.

The route is a popular but perilous one for migrants seeking to reach Europe from Africa. Almost 500 people were reported dead or missing making the crossing from Tunisia to Italy last year and earlier this week, 13 migrants drowned while trying to reach Sicily.

The boats carrying migrants are often overcrowded and not as seaworthy as one would want them to be. Add that to the fact that no one taught these migrants how to swim and it makes for a pretty deadly journey.

The question is, is Europe worth it? After coming from Eritrea? Probably.

Via: BBC News & Current Event Cats

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