A boat with 110 migrants onboard has sunk off the coast of Libya, with just four people rescued so far, AP reported, citing aid workers. This marks the worst such shipwreck incident so far this year, following a record death toll of some 5,000 people in 2016.
Egypt passed legislation on Monday to crack down on people traffickers linked to a major surge in the numbers of migrants departing from the country’s Mediterranean coast on often disastrous sea journeys to Europe.
A boat carrying about 450 people capsized off Egypt’s coast last month. About 202 bodies were subsequently recovered from the sea and 169 people rescued. Some 320 migrants and refugees drowned off the Greek island of Crete in June, and survivors said their boat had set sail from Egypt.
In the wake of this tragedy, finger pointing has started to blame this or that party for the cause of the tragedy. The world body UN blames human traffickers who were paid to transport the victims as the responsible party. The Eritrean “opposition” groups have field blaming the Eritrean Government as culprit, knowing that the GoE would have liked all those young souls stayed in their country and participated in defending and building the country.
This is a tragic event of gigantic magnitude. Condolences for all the families that lost loved once. Eritreans have been tried in this manner for decades. This however is a turning point in terms of placing Eritrea’s image-in-a-map in the way that the West sees Somalia or Nigeria. As Eritreans we understand the sad events that took place and our mourning will not be different. The perished life is dear and near to all of us. Continue reading Lampedusa the Tragedy→