“The images of those children are unacceptable,” said the prime minister Mario Draghi during the press conference at the end of the Council of Europe in Brussels. The children referred to by the premier are those of the photographs released by the NGO Open Arms last night and taken by the media around the world: the bodies of two very young children and an adult woman abandoned on the sand of Zuwara beach after the last, yet another shipwreck of a boat of migrants occurred in the night between 18 and 19 May: about fifty missing, 33 survivors who said that about ninety people were traveling on that boat, including women and children.
«On the issue of immigration our attitude must be effective but above all humanThe premier said. “The first steps seem to demonstrate a certain awareness that a not indifferent solidarity response is needed,” he says, referring to the dialogue with the EU countries and the preparation of the next Council of Europe.
The photos were posted by Oscar Camps, among the founders of Open Arms on his Twitter profile: “I am still in shock at the horror of the situation, small children and women who only had dreams and life ambitions have been abandoned on the beach of Zuwara in Libya for more than 3 days . Nobody cares about them. ‘
“These photos should awaken our consciences and those of Europe. As happens in 2015 for the shock photo of little Alan Kurdi lying lifeless on a Turkish beach, “they said the M5s senators of the European Political and Foreign Affairs Committees of Palazzo Madama. Instead, the European Union, despite the pressures of Italy and the other Mediterranean countries, refuses even to address the issue as happened at the extraordinary European Council still in progress. The disinterest and silence of Europe are indecent and unacceptable ».
Reactions also from humanitarian organizations: “It is painful and unacceptable to observe the images of the three bodies of lifeless children for days lying on a beach in Libya but there is no more time for clockwork indignation” he said Andrea Iacomini Spokesperson for Unicef Italy. “Now we need a collective awakening, to be done all together, governments and civil society”, adding that “Thursday 27 May we will celebrate the 30th anniversary of Italy’s approval of the Convention on the Rights of the Child”.
May 25, 2021 (change May 25, 2021 | 20:02)
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