quinta-feira, 4 de junho de 2015

Tunisia: Zarzis frontlines of humanitarian disaster

"Libya is to the Northeast. The border is 40 or 50 kilometres ", explains one fisherman.

Here, the fishermen, are on the front lines of a humanitarian catastrophe witnessed daily and do their best to save human lives. Become occasional migrant rescue heroes adrift in the Mediterranean.

"I saved 350 to 400 people. The last ransom made by a fisherman was of 250 people aboard four boats. "

The city of Zarzis depends on totalmenete of fishing activity, in particular the capture of squid, shrimp and sardine.

Rachid Merany 19 years, refugees from Somalia, was one of the migrants rescued by this community.

"The boat was sinking and I saw fishermen. They said-"sit down! Sit down! ". Was to sit in the boat but all were screaming for help. I thought I would die. "

At least 1,800 people have lost their lives in the Mediterranean this year alone.

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