It takes a lot to get Pink Floyd back together for anything, and while there are no signs of any music collaborations, the three surviving members have at least joined forces to release a statement on behalf of cause they’ve long been supporters of.
It began with the creation of the catch-all concept (a legal freak) of a migrant’, which obscures the difference, central to the law, between economic and political migration, between people escaping poverty and people driven from their homes by war.
Pope Francis said yesterday that the mistreatment of migrants who are escaping war and injustice “makes one cry”, as he visited the northern Italian city of Turin, stopping to pray before the shroud that some Christians believe is Jesus’ burial cloth.
Naval Service flagship LÉ Eithne has saved more migrants’ lives after picking up the occupants of a small fibreglass boat who had run out of food, water and fuel five days into an attempted crossing of the Mediterranean Sea.
Just this weekend Tunisian coastguards intercepted 90 migrants fleeing Libya in a makeshift boat bound for the Italian island of Lampedusa. Those unfortunate people are just a tiny proportion of the hundreds of thousands trying to reach countries where there is some prospect of living beyond crushing poverty or oppression. That they are willing to take such terrible risks and run a gauntlet of exploitation, kidnapping, and preying criminality is an indication of their desperation.
An Italian government minister born in Africa watched wordlessly today as soldiers wearing face masks carried body bags containing migrants from her continent who perished when a fishing boat sank within sight of the tiny island of Lampedusa.
MORE than two dozen African migrants trying to reach Italy from Libya died in the hold of a rickety boat so packed with people that the migrants could not get out as they struggled to breathe, Italian media and coast guard officials said yesterday after the bodies were found below decks.