The Mediterranean Sea: From the Summer Dream Destination to Migrants’ Cemetery

11.11.2020. 74 people lost their lives in a shipwreck off the Libyan coast, trying to reach Europe according to the IOM (United Nations’ International Organization for Migration). According to the UN figures, more that 110 migrants perished in three days. This horrifying number is adding up to the other 34,500 humans who drowned during the last 25 years.

What most of us actually consider as the “perfect summer dream” landscape is in reality the stage of an incredible and unimaginable violence, which Matteo Renzi had already described as a “systematical massacre” back in 2014. Here we are at the end of 2020, and nothing has changed. The incessant deaths in the Mediterranean bassin are reflecting the UN failures in Libya, but more expansively in all the people, humans, seeking asylum.

For those who survived to the death road, the nightmare doesn’t end there. Indeed, this year, the “luckiest” 11 000 migrants who have been stopped at sea were sent back to Libya with the full knowledge that it has been qualified as an unsafe port to return by the UN High commissioner for refugees.

The global pandemic should not be an excuse not to protect the most vulnerable groups (mainly composed of women and children). Every single day, they are paying the price of the inaction of the EU with their lives.

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