Mr. Di Giacomo stated smugglers have to be held accountable for his or her position within the deaths.
“For those who let an unseaworthy dinghy with one hundred fifty individuals sail, that would by no means deal with all of those individuals,” Mr. Di Giacomo stated. “With this sea, in January, it’s not an incident anymore, this can be a crime. The smugglers are committing a criminal offense.”
Most of these aboard the vessel have been from sub-Saharan Africa and included individuals from Cameroon, Gambia, Ivory Coast, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone.
The survivors have been transported to Catania, a port metropolis on the east coast of Sicily, on Monday.
At the very least 5 youngsters between 2 to six years previous drowned. There have been additionally 4 youngsters, ages 2, three, 9 and 10, among the many survivors, certainly one of whom misplaced her mom.
The episode was not the one one to happen within the space over the weekend. On Sunday, 270 different migrants have been rescued by the Libyan Coast Guard, in all probability from multiple dinghy, in line with Mr. Di Giacomo.
The rescue crew recovered 12 our bodies.
“This isn’t an emergency when it comes to numbers, however this can be a humanitarian emergency,” Mr. Di Giacomo stated.
He stated the one option to halt the persevering with deaths within the Mediterranean was to arrange a complete rescue operation and supply other ways for migrants to journey to Europe.
“There are not any common methods to return to Europe,” he stated, “so the one methods for migrants to return is to depend on these unscrupulous smugglers and traffickers.”
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