Tag Archives: Boat Accident

Only 4 Survive After Boat With 110 Migrants Sinks Off Libyan coast

Second boat wreck in just two months

More than 100 migrants are feared dead after boat wrecks in the Mediterranean – second tragedy in just two months (Photo: Getty)

By RT.com,

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.

Eight bodies have already been recovered, but weather conditions at the scene, 50 kilometers from the Libyan coast, interfered with the search efforts, Italy’s ANSA agency reported. Continue reading Only 4 Survive After Boat With 110 Migrants Sinks Off Libyan coast

Egypt Passes Law to Curb Trafficking of Migrants Bound for Europe

The Egyptian Cabinet has approved a new anti-human smuggling law that stipulates imprisonment and substantial fines for smugglers and accomplices while safeguarding the rights and addressing the needs of smuggled irregular migrants.

By Reuters,

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.

The law passed by the Egyptian parliament is the first major official step by the largest Arab nation toward developing a strategy to combat what has turned into a growing smuggling industry along its northern seaboard. Continue reading Egypt Passes Law to Curb Trafficking of Migrants Bound for Europe

Lampedusa Tragedy Survivors raise Questions that needs Serious Investigation

Survivors say more lives could have been saved if …???

By Concerned Eritreans from Lampedusa,

While the important task of identifying the bodies and repatriating the remains to their homeland for a final resting place is at the forefront of all the efforts exerted by the families of the victims of the Lampedusa boat tragedy, important questions are being raised by the survivors that will need further and thorough investigation.  Continue reading Lampedusa Tragedy Survivors raise Questions that needs Serious Investigation

Opinion: UN Primarily Responsible for the Lampedusa Tragedy

UNHCR High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres

By Hossana Solomon,

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.

The “opposition” groups and their handlers have been agitating for the youth to abandon their country, enticed the false promises and paid smugglers to transport to their death camps in deserts and seas.  Continue reading Opinion: UN Primarily Responsible for the Lampedusa Tragedy

Lampedusa the Tragedy

It was tragic and need to be fixed to avert similar tragedy. But, never allow emotions create a crack in our Unity.

By Amanuel Biedemariam,

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