Questi sono i nostri morti. Detta är våra döda. – Giusi Nicolini, borgmästaren på Lampedusa.
“When the boat sank, I could not find my friends. I was asking: where are they? Then I found Omar, but another friend was nowhere to be found. I tried to help others, but could not. Omar and I helped each other, but it was difficult to swim for hours. In the water, everyone was looking for family and friends.”
Mohammed, 21, a Syrian refugee, describing to Amnesty International in May 2014 the dramatic experience he endured on 11 October 2013, when the boat he was on with some 400 other people, sank 70 miles off Lampedusa, an Italian island in the Mediterranean.