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Dozens of African migrants were left to die in the Mediterranean after a number of European and Nato military units apparently ignored their cries for help, the Guardian has learned.
A boat carrying 72 passengers, including several women, young children and political refugees, ran into trouble in late March after leaving Tripoli for the Italian island of Lampedusa. Despite alarms being raised with the Italian coastguard and the boat making contact with a military helicopter and a Nato warship, no rescue effort was attempted.
All but 11 of those on board died from thirst and hunger after
Originally posted by ToasterOverkill
That is if it is true, this is the Guardian we are discussing here, big bru-ha-ha over nothing usually. Is this the same people that died off the spanish coast?
Originally posted by ToasterOverkill
The Guardian is one of the most biased newspapers in the UK, clearly this is not apparent to you
There are no legitimate sources in this world but the guardian is the worst especially if you are of a conservative disposition.edit on 9-5-2011 by ToasterOverkill because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Expat888
Typical NATO .. Nothing new in that .. NATO doesnt give a damn about assisting others.. They put on a show for the world while profiting from misery.. Just surprised their antics made the news this time..
Originally posted by armtx
Joseph Konrad said it best-
"God left the conntinent of Africa long ago"
That statement was from Heart of Darkness during the Belgian occupation of the Congo.
It still holds some water today.
Unless there is something of worth in Africa, the civilized world doesnt pay much attention to the place
• This article was amended on 9 May 2011. The original version referred throughout to a Nato ship. This has been changed to European units pending further clarification. The picture caption also used the wrong figure for the death toll. This has been corrected.
Originally posted by stygmartyrZA
refugee Libyans were left to die by Americans and Europeans?
An overcrowded ship carrying up to 600 people trying to flee Libya sank just outside the port of Tripoli, the U.N. refugee agency said Monday, citing witness accounts.
Other witnesses saw passengers swimming to shore but it was unclear how many survived, according to the International Organization for Migration.
The witnesses told aid workers that some would-be passengers in Tripoli became scared Friday and changed their minds about boarding the second boat but were forced onto the ship by Libyan soldiers.
"This is the first time that IOM has been told of migrants being forced by Libyan officials to get on a boat," IOM group said. In the past, some have reported being robbed by officials and soldiers of their savings and possessions like mobile phones.
In a third case, relayed by an Eritrean priest in Rome to Boldrini, a boat with more than 70 people on board ran into trouble in the Mediterranean and only a handful survived, making their way back to Libya.
London's Guardian newspaper reported Monday that 61 African migrants died of hunger and thirst in March on that third ship after being ignored by a NATO warship and helicopter.
NATO denied the accusation, saying the Italian ship Garibaldi was 100 nautical miles out to sea while the refugee ship is believed to have floundered much closer to shore.
"Therefore, any claims that a NATO aircraft carrier spotted and then ignored the vessel in distress are wrong," the military alliance said.