Thousands at risk crossing Mediterranean
From JOSEPH MEYTON in Cairo, Egypt
CAIRO, (CAJ News) – AS thousands of people continue perishing in the dangerous Mediterranean, agencies have called on governments to ensure the protection of migrants.
This past weekend, at least 3 000 people were rescued by Italian navy and Libyan coastal guards.
While thousands survived, more than 80 are feared to have died in these latest Mediterranean tragedies.
Elias Ghanem, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) regional director for the Middle East and North Africa, said , “Thousands of people are still risking their lives every day to reach Europe. Many are dying in the attempt.”
He urged leaders to focus on providing safe routes for people seeking sanctuary and ensure protections for people who migrate.
Local actors like Libyan Red Crescent are among the few who can help survivors of such tragedies.
On Sunday, the Libyan Red Crescent responded to the urgent needs of more than 200 people who were rescued near the port city of Zuwarah.
Red Crescent teams transferred survivors who required urgent medical attention to nearby hospitals.
Despite the volatile situation in the country, Libyan Red Crescent branches continue to respond to the migration crisis along the country’s coastline.
The central Mediterranean is now the main route taken by migrants aiming to reach Europe. With weather conditions set to improve, more people will risk the dangerous journey in flimsy boats.
– CAJ News
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