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Lampedusa: Diaspora Youth Assist in the Repatriation of Victims of Trafficking to Eritrea

We call upon the Italian government to respect the wishes of the victim's family and allow the speedy return of the Eritrean remains, with out further delay.
We call upon the Italian government to respect the wishes of the victim’s family and allow the speedy return of the Eritrean remains with out further delay.

By Y-PFDJ,

(Lampedusa – 14 October 2013) – The Y-PFDJ team has been in Lampedusa for almost 24 hours and the facts and situation on the ground is nowhere near hyped hysteria and propaganda depicted in the media since the unfortunate tragedy unfolded. The atmosphere is understandably somber. There is a sense of deep reflection as this has been a traumatic and tragic experience. At this time, the focus is on mourning the dead, and bringing their remains home for burial. The survivors are highly suspicious and apprehensive about talking to the media and our approach, as well as protection of their privacy is important. Continue reading Lampedusa: Diaspora Youth Assist in the Repatriation of Victims of Trafficking to Eritrea

Italy to Hold State Funeral for Lampedusa Victims, Eritrea Objects

Why do Italy want to play politics over the coffins of our dead nationals by granting full posthumous citizenship while criminalizing and deporting the survivors? Is it a preemptive measure to deny the right to return of the bodies back to Eritrea for proper burial?

Prime Minister’s announcement dashed the hope of the victims family to bury their loved ones right where they belong – Eritrea.

By BBC,

Italy will hold a state funeral for the victims of last week’s shipwreck tragedy off Lampedusa, Prime Minister Enrico Letta said during a visit to the island where more than 300 African migrants are feared to have died.  Continue reading Italy to Hold State Funeral for Lampedusa Victims, Eritrea Objects