Thursday 28 December 2017
Augusta, 373 migrants landed today at the commercial port, on board also a seriously malnourished Eritrean
They come from Morocco, Eritrea, Sudan, Egypt, Libya, Nepal, Sierra Leone
It would have to dock last night in Pozzallo, in the Ragusa area but the prohibitive weather conditions have made the ship "Aquarius di Sos-Meditereee" hijacked at the port of Augusta this morning, around 10 am, with 373 migrants on board. All were rescued, in the night between Christmas and St. Stephen's Day, in three different operations conducted by the Spanish ship Santa Maria and the NGO Open Arms and then transhipped on the Aquarius.
Among the first to go down a young Eritrean in a severe state of malnutrition, who could not walk on his legs and was transferred to the hospital by ambulance. The rescuers told of having been locked up for two months in a prison in Libya, another young man is kept under control to ascertain if he has contracted any infectious disease. Many cases of scabies are found in about half of migrants and even in a newborn, about seventy minors, including two even under 14, 32 unaccompanied.Many women had signs of burns to the legs due to salt water mixed with diesel.
Even under the Christmas holidays and with difficult weather conditions and low temperatures rescuers have not stopped providing relief, the landing operations were held today in the middle of a strong and cold wind and continued in the afternoon. The migrants have been transferred to the harbor tent, waiting to find free places in the reception centers. The Aquarius will restart Saturday at the time of the Sicilian Channel.