Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) have hit out at European politicians for their failure to address the growing crisis of migrants dying in boats trying to enter the continent.
A mass grave is being created in the Mediterranean Sea and European policies are responsible. A mass grave is being created in the Mediterranean Sea and European policies are responsible. Faced with thousands of desperate people fleeing wars and crises, Europe has closed borders, forcing people in search of protection to risk their lives and die at sea. There is no more time to think, these lives must be saved now.
Ending the Mare Nostrum operation was a serious mistake. European States must immediately launch large-scale search and rescue operations, with proactive patrolling as close as possible to Libyan shores.
The current means are obviously not enough. This tragedy is only just beginning, but it can and should be stopped.
Ove the past week, over 11,000 people have attempted to cross the Mediterranean, MSF said, and more than a thousand are reported to have died.
Mohammed Ali Malek, presumed captain of this weekend's sunken migrant ship, showed little emotion as he appeared in court today.
As the politicians meet, a people smuggler scorned their efforts. The man insists he is helping desperate people out of dire situations.
Abdel Rahim Ali says his journey from Africa to Europe was fraught with hunger, incarceration and the regular threat of death.