As you know, thousands of migrants died in the Mediterranean this Summer in their attempts to reach Europe. Boats wandered adrift and shipwrecks took place in front of Coast Guard ships, surveillance patrols of Frontex and ships from the military coalition engaged operations in Libya under NATO command.
Léonie was 38, Cinie, 28. They both lost their lives at sea off the coast of Italy. They were headed to Europe to escape the violence in Libya. Since the beginning of the year, more than 2000 exiled people like Léonie and Cinie have perished into the sea. Since 1998, 13,000 men, women, and children have died at Europe's borders, mostly in Mediterranean, and in particular in the Straight of Sicily.
Italy is indignant that NATO didn’t force the migrants back to Libya
Thursday night, an Italian coast guard patrol rescued almost four hundred people aboard a boat that had left Libya six days before and was lost for more than 36 hours off the coast of Lampedusa. Arriving in Lampedusa, migrants declared tragic deaths had occured from hunger and fatigue during the voyage and dozens of bodies were thrown over board.
The Mediterranean : NATO finally comes to the aid of shipwrecked migrants, but the European Union refuses to admit them
The signatory organizations named below demand that the European Union provide a unified response to the tragedy in the Mediterranean. We insist that migrants and refugees who risk their lives crossing the sea must be admitted onto European soil.