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Out of Palermo

Thousands of refugees land in Sicily in the last 24 hours

1,019 Syrians, Palestinians and Moroccans arrived at the port of Pozzallo, Sicily in the last 24 hours, according to La Repubblica. Doctors have found 300 cases of scabies, and five cases of measles. Four pregnant women were sent to the hospital and there was a boy with a traumatic injury to his neck.
The ship Peluso was  Read More 
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Reuters calls it 4,800 refugees rescued

The Washngton Post published a Reuters report saying Italy now claims that 4,800 boat people were rescued over the weekend.
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Nearly 4,000 refugees rescued at sea over the weekend.

Nearly 4,000 boat people from Africa were saved over the weekend. The ships of the Italian navy were employed in the continuous, non-stop rescue operations in the Mediterranean, aiding boats and rafts in trouble in the waters of the Strait of Sicily, between Lampedusa and Libya, bringing the survivors to the ports of Augusta, Reggio  Read More 
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More immigrants, more cadavers in the sea

From La Repubblica:

The wave of boats headed for the Italian coasts never stops, the caption says. Some ten cadavers were pulled from the sea in a rescue operation. On just 2 April, the ship Fiorillo had aided 397 refugees and the Bersagliere took on board a total of 778. It is one of the highest number  Read More 
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Mayor Leoluca Orlando: Europe Like Pontius Pilate

Mayor Orlando says Europe has washed its hands of the tragedy and abandoned Sicily and Italy to its own devices when it comes to handling the huge continuing wave of refugees.
Three rescued Somalis, picked up by Maltese mercantile ship, arrived at Palermo and were hospitalized for health problems. Altogether 91 Somalis arrived at Palermo's  Read More 
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"It is a delirium," says mayor of Lampedusa

Two hundred arrivals at Pozzallo yesterday. Another 642 expected to land at Porto Empedocle today. The immigration center at the island of Lampedusa, which had been closed down because of the worst conditions, de-staffed and opened only for emergencies is now back in use, run by a non-profit. They have 250 beds but 1,215 people to house  Read More 
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The Immigrants who Risk Their Lives to Get to Sicily

They risk everything to arrive with nothing as clandestine refugees who cross the Mediterranean, now become a graveyard for thousands like them.
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29 Body Bags full of Cadavers of Refugees

Twenty-nine people died of exposure to the cold on a rescue from the sea. They died while being rushed to Lampedusa, the Sicilian island closest to Africa. They were rescued from some of the worst conditions at sea, waves twenty feet high.

Update: here is the story in the NYT:
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/10/ Read More 
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What you are not seeing in American media

Voyages of desperation. The Mediterranean is a graveyard for people trying to escape, war, famine, cruel dictators and genocide at the hands of Boko Haram.
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