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While the important task of identifying the bodies and repatriating the remains to their homeland for a final resting place is at the forefront of all the efforts exerted by the families of the victims of the Lampedusa boat tragedy, important questions are being raised by the survivors that will need further and thorough investigation. The causes that made the boat to sink, the lack and delay of efforts by the Italians to rescue the migrants that border on sheer negligence, and other serious allegations by the survivors, compel us to call for an immediate investigation to get to the bottom of the causes that led to the horrific loss of hundreds of lives.
Here is a brief account of the survivors on what transpired on 3 October 2013
Update Report from Lampedusa Tragedy
The Y-PFDJ team has been in Lampedusa for almost 24 hours and the facts and situation on the ground is nowhere near hyped hysteria and propaganda depicted in the media since the unfortunate tragedy unfolded. The atmosphere is understandably somber. There is a sense of deep reflection as this has been a traumatic and tragic experience. At this time, the focus is on mourning the dead, and bringing their remains home for burial. The survivors are highly suspicious and apprehensive about talking to the media and our approach, as well as protection of their privacy is important.
KESHI FITSUM NATNAEL
ASTER TESFAMARIAM Uptodate information from Lampedusa
MUSSIE/WEDI TABA On the situation in the refugee camps in Ethiopia