Almost 9 000 migrants rescued at sea after fleeing Libya over Easter weekend

The International Organisationfor Migrants (IOM), a UN aid agency, says nearly 9 000 predominantly African migrants were rescued in the Mediterranean this past weekend.

IOM's Flavio di Giacoma explains that majority of migrants are from West Africa and departed from Libya.

The main countries of origin are Nigeria, Guinea, Gambia, Bangladesh, Ivory Coast and some Eritreans as well.

Flavio di Giacoma, spokesperson of the International Organisation for Migration

The migrants leave their countries of origin in pursuit of greener pastures, but many become victims of violence and targeted human rights violations in Libya, Di Giacoma advises.

The situation in Libya is too dangerous and unstable.

Flavio di Giacoma, spokesperson of the International Organisation for Migration

The migrants set from Libya on unseaworthy boats in an attempt to reach southern Italy and a gateway to Europe, without a plan.

Some of them are so afraid to stay in the country. For them the only chance to save their lives is to try the sea-crossing to arrive to Europe.

Flavio di Giacoma, spokesperson of the International Organisation for Migration

We have seen an increasing number of migrants arriving to Italy.

Flavio di Giacoma, spokesperson of the International Organisation for Migration

According to di Giacoma, false information from people-smugglers and the warm weather conditions and calm seas resulted in the mass Mediterranean crossing.

He explains the UN's migartion agencies are working to develop programmes in Africa's poor countries to help improve economic opportunities and raise awareness about the dangers of migrating to Libya.

Take a listen:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Almost 9 000 migrants rescued at sea after fleeing Libya over Easter weekend


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI

702 welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the 702 community a safe and welcoming space for all.

702 reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

702 is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
African migrants traded in slave markets in Libya

African migrants traded in slave markets in Libya

West African migrants passing through Libya are forced to work in slave markets and women are sexually exploited.

The tragic human cost of Balkan route closure for refugees

The tragic human cost of Balkan route closure for refugees

The EU-Turkey deal was signed on 18 March 2016 to allegedly offer “migrants an alternative to putting their lives to risk”.

Attacking migrants won't resolve SA's socio-economic challenges - Mbeki

Attacking migrants won't resolve SA's socio-economic challenges - Mbeki

Former President Thabo Mbeki raised grave concerns over recent xenophobic attacks during his inauguration as Unisa chancellor.

Organisation warns locals against using migrants as 'scapegoats'

Organisation warns locals against using migrants as 'scapegoats'

The International Migration Organisation has condemned the so-called anti-migrant march set to take place in Pretoria on Friday.

Novelist Ekow Duker relives his dynamic storytelling journey

Novelist Ekow Duker relives his dynamic storytelling journey

Oilfield engineer turned author publishes third novel "The God Who Made Mistakes", opens up about how he arrived at this point.

Presidency denies allegations that Zuma received money from Gaddafi

Presidency denies allegations that Zuma received money from Gaddafi

The Presidency has denied a report alleging that Jacob Zuma received money from the late president of Libya, Muammar Gaddafi.

Popular articles
[LISTEN] Father shares how he shot the man who raped his daughter

[LISTEN] Father shares how he shot the man who raped his daughter

Johannesburg father, Chris says he had just come back from work when he walked in on an employee raping his 17 year old daughter.

Why the PAC wants South Africa renamed Azania

Why the PAC wants South Africa renamed Azania

Pan Africanist Congress's Narius Moloto explains why it supports the name Azania, a word which he says has Arabic origins.

Is the lovable Winnie The Pooh a boy or girl?

Is the lovable Winnie The Pooh a boy or girl?

A trending Twitter debate has left social media users arguing over whether Winnie the Pooh is a girl or boy.

UPDATE: Chilling WhatsApp from Marli van Breda's ex-boyfriend read out in court

UPDATE: Chilling WhatsApp from Marli van Breda's ex-boyfriend read out in court

Marli van Breda's ex took the stand in the trial of triple murder accused Henri van Breda.

Bad temper? 6 tips on how to keep your anger in check

Bad temper? 6 tips on how to keep your anger in check

Anger is a strong and natural emotion that everyone experiences every now and again. Here's how to manage your reactions.

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

WIN R2000! But only if you can prove you're a whiz of the MTN Biz Quiz by answering the following three questions...

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Is social trend Blesserfinder, where girls are allegedly matching up with rich 'benefactors' in exchange for sex, a real thing?