Thursday, May 29, 2014


A multi-faith funeral was held in Catania yesterday for the 17 migrants whose bodies were recovered from the Sicilian Channel on 12th May and one can only hope that even the buireaucrats of the EU will be moved to act by the heartbreaking images of the coffins, including two small, white ones containing the bodies of children, placed side by side in the courtyard of the city's Palazzo Platamone.

Mayor of Catania Enzo Biancho said:

"Europe, faced with these coffins, must choose. We can lay to rest, in the always welcoming island of Sicily, these poor birds of passage, carried northwards by their instinct for survival.  We do this in this multi-faith ceremony, by which we set great store.  We accord these men, women and children who were in search of hope the greatest dignity as we bury them.  But Europe must choose - and must do so today - whether we bury with them our moral responsibility as civilised human beings."

The Italian military rescued 200 other migrants from the same boat but no one knows how many were lost.

May they rest in peace.


Whispering Walls said...

The BBC says that many migrants this year are from Syria: are you seeing that?

James Higham said...

This is never going to end, is it?

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Yes, WW - Syria and Eritrea feature a lot in these sad events but also Egypt and otherr African countries. Hi, James. Not any time soon, sadly. They are talking more and more about the "safe corridor" proposal.


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