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Discussion Question: While many fishermen helped with the rescue efforts, others have been accused of not doing enough to help. Should fishermen risk their lives and livelihoods to save illegal migrants?
The discussion question is set here:Death Toll Rises After Migrant Shipwreck
It is obvious that fishermen from Lampedusa Island deal almost equally with fishing and rescuing of migrants. I think that not many of them would left people (no matter who they are) to drown in the sea. When on 9 October European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso visited the island, locals met him with shouts of:” Go and see how these people live!” considering the lives of the migrants in their countries, and many fishermen participated in the protest by blowing the sirens of their bouts. No need to delve long on the Internet to understand that these fishermen from Lampedusa who are accused in so inhumane thing are last in the long list of culprits for the unfortunate fate of the migrants. Social scientists from Africa advise the governments of many African countries “to focus as much attention on poverty reduction as they are on growing their economies”. In some of these countries have great social differences – few rich, but with a large fortune, and a huge number of poor and destitute people. I point out this because there were only migrants from Eritrea, Ghana and Somalia on board the fishing boat that sank on 3 October. In Eritrea have also political persecutions. As for Syria and Palestine – I think it is clear why many people leave them and who are guilty of this (the migrants from the capsized two days ago in Maltese waters boat are from these countries). And about the smugglers - with their miserable, “barely seaworthy fishing boats”; I have read that they “charge thousands of dollars a head to slip people into Europe” and this way, with their greed and criminal irresponsibility, are guilty of any death. So, it turns out that the culprits are many - people and even whole governments, states. If anyone can tell exactly how things are, let’s do it, please! Generally for migrants from the Middle East and Africa a journalist from BBC News Europe points out that “an estimated 25,000 have lost their lives in the past twenty years”. Really, people have to be very desperate to decide to migrate in such great risks.
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