On Thursday, dozens of corpses washed up along Libyan shores - at least 74 people had died in a large shipwreck, only 47 survived thanks to the intervention of local fishermen.
Call it what it is, a massacre at Europe’s doorstep
Today, the Mediterranean Sea is hiding not only hundreds of bodies but also the violence of European authorities who chose to let them drown. It is Tuesday evening, and the “Alarm Phone” keeps ringing. There are several boats in distress in the Central Mediterranean Sea. This time there is a woman’s voice on the other side of the line: “We are 100 people, it is a black rubber boat, we are in international waters. Our engine is not working, there are children and babies, my baby.” Our Alarm Phone team hears panicked voices in the background and her baby, Yusuf, crying. We try to calm them down, ask their GPS coordinates and immediately alert all authorities. The phone is passed to a man who tells us: “Our engine is not working, there are children, there is nothing to do, there is nowhere to go.”
Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Brighton.
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of Warwick.
21 Nov 2020