Tigrai Online, October 11, 2013
Another ship carrying about 250 people capsized Friday off the coast of Sicily, according to the Maltese military and the Italian news agency ANSA. The ship is believed to have been carrying migrants. The incident occurred in international waters about 60 nautical miles south of Lampedusa, Italy, according to a posting on the Armed Forces of Malta Face book page.
Last week a boat carrying about 500 mostly Eritrean immigrants caught fire killing over three hundred. The Eritrean government is asking for financial help from the Italian government to ship the bodies of the dead Eritreans home to their families. A week before that another boat carrying 250 Eritrean and Somalian refugees hit the ground scaring the people aboard and 13 of them died when they jumped to the sea.
The political, economical and social problems are worsening every day they young people taking more chances risking their lives.
The Economist Magazine puts it this way on it’s latest article regarding the flood of migrants from Eritrea. “The Italian island of Lampedusa, which lies south of Sicily in what officials call the “central Mediterranean corridor”, is not on the Eritreans’ main escape route. Most make their way overland. Some 40,000 have sought refuge in Israel, 87,000 in Ethiopia and 125,000 in Sudan. On the face of things, this is odd. Though its GDP per person is still only $500, the former Italian colony, which was recognized as independent from Ethiopia in 1993, is enjoying modest growth on the back of a boom in mining.
The main reason for the mass flight is that a growing number of Eritreans feel they are living in a prison camp, rivalled—some say—only by North Korea. All males up to the age of 50 have to do national service on starvation wages in an army whose senior ranks are brutal and corrupt. Up to the age of 65 men must continue to serve for periods every year”
Unless the Eritrean people and the international community take concrete action to address the root cause of the situation in Eritrea, the loss of life will continue unabated.
Another ship carrying about 250 people capsized Friday off the coast of Sicily, according to the Maltese military and the Italian news agency ANSA. The ship is believed to have been carrying migrants.
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