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The government can’t hide Italy’s moral shipwreck

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Commentary. Ignorance of the facts, sheer disregard for human rights, cynical electoral speculation—this is the political and ideological system that the Sea Watch and Sea Eye NGOs have been up against.

written by Luigi Manconi, Federica Graziani

Topic Refugees

January 11, 2019

“We are not fish, we are not sharks, we are human beings like everyone else,” Bob Kiangala told Reuters, a refugee who had fled an armed conflict in Congo and had been stranded aboard the Sea Watch 3 for 19 days.

Around noon yesterday, the Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat announced that the European Union had reached an agreement regarding the plight of the two boats owned by the non-governmental organizations Sea Watch and Sea Eye, which had been asking the authorities of European countries to allow them to safely land at a port for weeks now. The 49 refugees rescued by the NGOs were then transferred from the two ships to Maltese military vessels and finally brought to shore, as they will be received by eight different European countries. The agreement also includes the 249 migrants that Malta had rescued since late December, and whose redistribution was the indispensable condition for the Maltese government to agree to the landing. These are the facts so far.

But what was Italy’s role in this sad and cruel affair?

In the almost 20 days of maritime ordeal for the 49 castaways, the Italian........

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