Underreported: Boat of Migrant Africans Left to Drift for 16 Days

Thursday, May 19, 2011

In late March and early April, a boat filled with dozens of African migrants drifted in the Mediterranean for 16 days with almost no food, fuel or water. Although the boat made contact with various European authorities, no rescue was attempted and 61 people died. On this week’s Underreported, Fred Abrahams, Special Advisor at Human Rights Watch, describes what happened aboard the ship and why an investigation has been launched into how NATO and its member states responded to the ship’s distress calls.


Fred Abrahams

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I read early on about killings of black African migrant workers in Libya, due to it being thought they could be mercenaries working for Ghadafi.

But I also read that there is prejudice against southern Libyans who appear more black, and it spreads to the migrant workers.

I was hoping to have this addressed, but, now the segment is over.

Thank you for covering this.

May. 19 2011 01:23 PM

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