View of a small immigrant vessel spotted a few miles east from Lampedusa Island, from the helicopter unit of the Italian Cutom Police, "Volpe 219".
The boat in question is carrying thirty five clandestine immigrants from North Africa and Erytrea. Every year thousands of immigrants departing from the mediterranean coasts of Africa, try to reach Europe through Sicily. The Italian authorities are struggling to keep the situation under crontrol through constant patrolling and rescuing of the immigrants spotted in the Sicilian Channel, even though often fatalities are invevitable and many immigrants are just found dead on the Sicilian shore. (image by mimi mollica)
View of a small immigrant vessel spotted a few miles east from Lampedusa Island, from the helicopter unit of the Italian Cutom Police, "Volpe 219". The boat in question is carrying thirty five clandestine immigrants from North Africa and Erytrea. Every year thousands of immigrants departing from the mediterranean coasts of Africa, try to reach Europe through Sicily. The Italian authorities are struggling to keep the situation under crontrol through constant patrolling and rescuing of the immigrants spotted in the Sicilian Channel, even though often fatalities are invevitable and many immigrants are just found dead on the Sicilian shore. (taken 06/13/06)
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