Italy: Commemorating the illegal immigrants

Thousands of migrants, who perished as they tried to reach Italy by sea, will be remembered in a monument to be unveiled on the island of Lampedusa, near Sicily.

The clay memorial, built in the shape of a door, will stand as a reminder of the past 20 years in which thousands of migrants died at sea as they crossed from North Africa in their bid to reach Europe.

Laura Boldrini, one of the organisers and spokesperon for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, talked about the importance of the monument at a media event in Rome on Monday.

"We are getting used to the deaths of migrants," said Boldrini. "In the last few years, many things have changed in this country. Italy and Italians have changed."

"This memorial is a monument to civilisation, commemorating the deaths of non-Europeans," she said.


Source: AKI (English)

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