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Spain accepts the Aquarius. For Salvini: ‘Victory’

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Reportage. The new Socialist Prime Minister of Spain, Pedro Sanchez, said, ‘We must avoid a humanitarian catastrophe’ and welcomed hundreds of migrants. The M5S-Lega government rejected them, leaving many Italians dejected: ‘I feel such a longing for basic humanity.’

written by Alfredo Marsala

Topic Refugees


June 12, 2018

For 30 long hours, they were stranded on the high seas, with the governments of Italy and Malta each trying to saddle the other with the responsibility to allow the docking of the ship Aquarius, owned by the NGO Sos Méditerranée, with 629 migrants on board. On the ship, the NGO’s staff could only wait in disbelief. The negotiations were interminable while their provisions were running out. There were more and more appeals by the international community: from the UN, from the EU Commission, from Berlin. On board were 11 children, seven pregnant women who had been raped in the prison camps in Libya, 123 unaccompanied minors, and 15 burn victims, as well as many migrants showing symptoms of hypothermia.

Marco Bertotto, the head of Advocacy and Public Awareness for Doctors without Borders (MSF), has pointed out that “a good part of the bridge, where the majority of the migrants are found, is not covered, and therefore dozens of people are being exposed to the sun and heat.” However, that was judged of no importance in the face of “reasons of State.” The Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini, closed the Italian ports. While Rome and La Valletta........

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