Friday 21 October 2016

African migrants lost at sea recalled

Paul Healy

Published 02/05/2015 | 02:30

THE countless migrants who died trying to escape poverty and persecution in Africa have been remembered in Dublin.

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A wreath was laid for the countless mothers, fathers and children who have died after risking their lives on what have been dubbed modern day 'coffin ships'.

An unknown number of migrants trying to escape Africa and reach Italy or Malta have drowned in the Mediterranean.

Their desperate flight and the many tragic deaths have been likened to the harsh experiences of the Irish people who died in coffin ships on the Atlantic, trying to escape the Great Famine of the 1840s.

Historian Donal Fallon from, Ellie Kisyombe from the Irish Refugee Council and Shane O'Curry from the European Network against Racism Ireland laid the wreath at the Famine Memorial at the IFSC in Dublin.

Irish Independent

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