At least 1,300 migrants saved off Italy at Christmas

The Italian Navy rescued some 1,300 migrants in several operations late on Christmas Day, among them a Nigerian woman who gave birth on board one of the rescue vessels, local media said Friday. The majority of

The Italian Navy rescued some 1,300 migrants in several operations late on Christmas Day, among them a Nigerian woman who gave birth on board one of the rescue vessels, local media said Friday.

The majority of the migrants were on boats adrift off the coast of Sicily and were expected to be brought ashore later Friday.

Italian media said one man was found dead on board one of the boats.

At least another 1,000 migrants were also rescued by the Italian Navy on Christmas Eve.

Italy has been struggling to cope this year with a massive jump in the number of migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe, the majority of them from war-wracked Syria or Eritrea.

According to the Interior Ministry, 167,462 migrants have arrived in Italy by sea since the START of the year through to December 17.

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  • Mike December 26, 2014

    Thank you to Government of Italy and Italian Navy!

    In this Christmas season for rescuing and sheltering these many souls.

    Mike

  • mahta December 26, 2014

    Ya thanks too much to save such number of peole may God bless you aboundantly.

  • AHMED SALEH !!! December 27, 2014

    Atum Ahwat mewedaeta zeybilu guEzo anfetu ab
    zeytexebenayo hagherawi kuluwlaw keymerhana
    kefrehana gemiru alo .
    We noticed until this day Eritreans are fleeing
    the country by crossing the border to take the same route to reach for Europe . Family members
    in diaspora also suffer from financial burden to
    help their loved once . Regardless , the fact is
    we are in deep trouble hard to comprehend in all
    aspect of like as a nation .

  • Wadbahar December 27, 2014

    For how long are we going to choose the road of demise and expect others to rescue us? Don’t we think that the international community could reach a stage of getting fed up and lose the interest to do anything to help? I think it is long overdue, and this was said thousand times by many of us, to fix our problems by pulling all our resources and efforts together, both the young and the old, to the effect that we remove, once and for good, the cause of the youth flight, which is the brutal regime, and create a conducive atmosphere for our youth at home, where they themselves would build their own future with their own hands so that they live in absolute dignity and pride.

    That would only be achieved when the youth ties its destiny and upward mobility with the progress of their own society as a whole, and be ready for all necessary sacrifices it takes to snatch their freedom and the political power that would help them build their own green pastures; not looking outside the borders for a ready-made future and immediate interests. I know this would hit a nerve with some, especially with the armchair moralists who distaste this approach. Nevertheless, we said it yesterday, and we will say it today, tomorrow, and after tomorrow, until the message is driven home and internalized, turning into a productive action. Doing nothing, or escaping from facing harsh realities, instead of confronting and changing them to our advantage, is the antithesis of true nationalism. Is there any Eritrean who does not realize that Eritrea is fast becoming the country of the aging? This is a very big danger hovering over our heads. Do we really need to follow the ostrich policy of hiding our heads in the sand while a real danger hovers over our heads?

    True, Eritreans are not a people who think alike. This is undoubtedly positive, and it is natural to see ourselves polarized on a lot of issues. Here we are not worried about what the apologists of the regime say. For them, to see the youth uprooted from the country is a great relief they pray and work for day and night. However, youth flight in mass should not be a debated issue among those who aspire to see radical transformations in the political, economic, social, and cultural spheres in Eritrea. Such transformations are unimaginable without the central role of the youth, the backbone of the society and the driving force of its development, progress and prosperity. That is why Jose Rizal, the 19th century Filipino nationalist, novelist, poet, ophthalmologist, journalist and revolutionary, reminds us that, “The youth is the hope of our future”. What hope do we expect the Eritrean people to have when the youth are uprooted from the country, leaving behind the aging population? It is high time to reflect, re-evaluate our realities, and give our heads a shake. HAPPY HOLIDAYS.

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