The migratory flows aren’t abating. Over the course of two days, 10,000 people were rescued in the Strait of Sicily — 4,655 on Wednesday alone. The non-stop migration flow has left dozens of victims and is overwhelming immigration workers here.
On Wednesday, 28 bodies were recovered during 33 rescue operations to 27 rubber boats, five small boats and a barge, all caught off the coast of Libya. The 28 bodies are added to the 10 that were recovered two days ago, when 6,000 other migrants were rescued. Today, 22 corpses on a boat pulled by the ship Astral will disembark at Augusta, where the Libyan Navy boat is expected with 1,008 survivors onboard. These are cold numbers, behind which there are the stories of men, women and children.
In Sicily, the hot spots created by Minister Angelino Alfano upon the request of Brussels, which is begging for at least another two, are collapsing. Boats unload one after the other, dumping huge numbers that are straining the limits of the reception machine. In Palermo on Wednesday morning, the ship Bourbon Argos, managed by Doctors Without Borders (MSF), landed with 1,020 migrants. Among the refugees there were 161 women and 15 minors. And many had to spend the night on the deck of the Bourbon Argos, which was docked since morning in the port of Palermo with over 1,000 migrants rescued in the Sicily Channel. More than 200 refugees are still stuck on board because the identification procedures on the dock are so slow.