Drownings turn sea into a graveyard
From AHMED MOOLLA in Cairo, Egypt
CAIRO, (CAJ News) – THE Mediterranean has been described as a watery graveyard as about 900 people have been reported dead in the last ten days during attempts to cross to Europe.
According to the International Organization for Migration, a boat carrying 700 people capsized off the coast of the Greek island of Crete on Friday.
At least 340 people have reportedly been rescued but hundreds are still missing.
“This has been a period of grief and shame. Grief for the mothers, fathers and sons who have died. Shame as this is happening within sight of Europe,” said the Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Elhadj As Sy.
“People are risking their lives every day. We cannot accept this.”
The organization reported retrieved 117 bodies, among them those of 81 women and children after the boat mishap last Friday.
As the weather is becoming warmer and the Mediterranean calmer, the number of migrants making the dangerous journey to seek refuge in Europe continues to rise.
– CAJ News
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