Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Tuesday 21 September |
The Feast of Saint Matthew the Apostle
home iconNews
line break icon

Migrants drown off Libyan coast

© PATRIC BAR / SOS MEDITERRANEE France

John Burger - published on 06/29/18 - updated on 06/29/18

Tragedy takes place in wake of European Union agreement on migration reform

An inflatable dinghy carrying up to 125 migrants capsized off the coast of Libya Friday, leaving several children drowned and about 100 persons missing.

The bodies of three babies were recovered after the migrant boat sank, according to the Telegraph. Survivors were brought ashore in Al-Hmidiya, east of the capital, Tripoli.

The Libyan authorities managed to rescue 16 migrants and recovered the bodies of three children. The coast guard also intercepted three smuggling boats carrying around 345 migrants east of Tripoli.

Libya is the main departure point for most migrants trying to reach Europe, the newspaper noted. More than 1,000 people have drowned or gone missing in the Mediterranean already this year.

Friday’s tragedy transpired in the wake of a compromise worked out by European Union leaders over the issue of migration. The New York Times reported that details were sketchy, but the leaders agreed in principle on “how to shore up their external borders and create screening centers for migrants, to decide more quickly whether or not they are legitimate refugees.” Some of those screening centers would be outside Europe, perhaps in North Africa, to screen migrants before they arrive. That is out of a hope to reduce the number of migrants who risk the sea voyage and to disrupt people-smuggling operations. “Those rescued at sea could be returned to those centers for screening, not brought to Europe,” the newspaper reported.

Tags:
AfricaEuropeSuffering
Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
1
ANMOL RODRIGUEZ
Domitille Farret d'Astiès
Attacked with acid as a baby, Anmol Rodriguez overcomes and inspi...
2
ARGENTINE CHILDREN
Esteban Pittaro
Argentine “Mother Teresa” was a former model and actress who embr...
3
RESURRECTION
Philip Kosloski
Your body is not a “shell” for your spirit
4
Our Lady of La Salette
Philip Kosloski
How Our Lady of La Salette can give us hope in darkness
5
PIER GIORGIO FRASSATI
Cerith Gardiner
12 Habits of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati that every young adult...
6
Visalia CHURCH
J-P Mauro
The largest Catholic parish church in the US will soon be in Cali...
7
CHAPEL OUR LADY MIRACULOUS MEDAL
Zelda Caldwell
A pilgrimage to Paris’ Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
See More
Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.