Are you aware that thousands of refugees have died in the Mediterranean Sea in the attempt ofreaching security in Europe this year alone?
Thousands of innocent women, children and men. Fellow human beings who are running away from war, torture or other inhumane conditions.
We find it shocking.
After the terrible Lampedusa shipwreck last year with more than 360 casualties, the Italian
government beefed up its search and rescue efforts. In the last 12 months it has spent more
than 10 million Euro and saved more than 150.000 people.
The Italians’ efforts of patrolling the coast were taken over by the EU on the 1st of
November. But the budget is down with 70% compared with the Italian operation. The EU only
wants to spend three million Euro on the effort.
A priority that makes humanitarian organisations
If the EU does not change its inhumane course, we can expect many more deaths in
the Mediterranean Sea in the new year of 2015.
In this magazine you can read dramatic eyewitness reports from refugees who survived the
deadly crossing. And interviews with Danish politicians in the European Parliament.
Robin Ali Ahrenkiel El-Tanany