Italy Rescues 6,500 Migrants From Mediterranean

The Italian coast guard has saved 6,500 migrants most believed to be Africans, off the Libyan coast in 40 separate rescue missions.

It said on Tuesday in Rome that during the Monday rescue, the migrant’s one of the largest influxes of refugees in a single day so far this year, were packed on board scores of boats.

It disclosed that many of the boats were flimsy rubber dinghies that become dangerously unstable in high seas.

The guard noted that the migrants were packed on board scores of boats, many of them flimsy rubber dinghies that become dangerously unstable in high seas.

It said that available data from the International Organisation for Migration said that more than 105,000 migrants had reached Italy by boat so far in 2016, many of them setting sail from Libya.

“An estimated 2,726 men, women and children have died over the same period trying to make the journey.

The coast guard said that not less than 1,100 migrants were rescued from boats in the Strait of Sicily on Sunday as they tried to reach Europe.

“More refugees were expected to set sail this week because of favourable weather conditions.

Italy has been on the front line of Europe’s migrant crisis for three years, and more than 400,000 have successfully made the voyage to Italy from North Africa since the beginning of 2014, fleeing violence and poverty.

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Nigerian Woman Gives Birth At The Mediterranean

A woman, believed to be Nigerian was rescued from a sinking dinghy in the Mediterranean. And minutes later she gave birth to a baby.

Had she not been saved by the Italian coast guard, she would have sunk with the baby.

The woman had been attempting to cross the sea on a rickety dinghy with around 100 other migrants and refugees when it began to deflate.

After being rescued by the Italian coast guard, the woman went into labour as the boat was on its way to the island of Lampedusa.

After giving birth, the woman was helped off the boat. A coast guard carried her baby in a blue blanket.

Both mother and baby were in hospital doing well The Mirror reported last night.

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Obasanjo Blames Mediterranean Deaths On Fall Of Gaddafi

Former president Olusegun Obasanjo has called on the leadership of African Union, AU, to evolve a policy that will stamp out growing spate of youths from the continent, migrating to Europe through the Mediterranean in search of greener pasture.

The former president made the call in a statement he issued yesterday in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital. He emphasised that the current outflow of Africans into Europe was a direct consequence of lack of effective governance in some African countries as precipitated by the direct action of Western powers.

Obasanjo, who expressed sadness over the current wave of deaths and untold hardships which African youths experienced in their desperate move to travel to Europe, also charged the international community, particularly the African leaders to take a look at the development with a view to finding solutions to the menace.

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“Family Reunion In The Mediterranean”, Charlie Hebdo Mocks Africans Who Died In The Mediterranean

Charlie Hebdo, notable satire french newspaper in their latest edition ridiculed the African migrants who drowned in the Mediterranean see on their quest to enter Europe for better opportunities. They wrote ‘Family Reunion in the Mediterranean’. This is coming after all the solidarity and #JesuisCharlie hashtag, shown to them by Africa and the world.
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