Thursday, October 24, 2013

Ethiopians gather in tribute to migrant dead-Video

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Members of the Ethiopian and Eritrean community gathered in Rome on Monday to hold their own vigil for those who drowned in a migrant boat on October 3. Holding candles and carrying banners the emotionally charged gathering had been organized for those unable to attend the official commemoration ceremony that will take place in Sicily later on in the afternoon. More than 350 people, mostly Eritreans, were drowned in a shipwreck about one kilometer off the coast of the southern Italian island of Lampedusa on October 3.  
To avoid more disasters such as the shipwreck on October 3 Italy is working closely along with other EU states to monitor the sea. So far Italy has deployed an amphibious assault ship with an on-board hospital and long-range helicopters, five more navy ships, several more helicopters and an airplane equipped with night-vision and radar, plus unmanned drone aircraft based in Sicily. At least 500 people had been plucked from the sea as the "Operation Mare Nostrum" got underway.