Tunisian News & Current Affairs

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  1. minnie

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    10.05.2019 - 20:17 clock

    At least 65 people drowned off the Tunisian coast, according to the UN refugee agency UNHCR.

    The boat, with which the migrants wanted to get to Europe, had gone down about 80 kilometers from the Tunisian coastal town of Sfax, the organization said on Friday. It is the worst incident for several months.

    The Tunisian news agency TAP spoke with reference to local authorities even of 70 dead.

    Fishermen who had been near the scene of the accident saved 16 people from drowning. One person was taken directly to the hospital, while others waited in the southern city of Zarzis for permission to go ashore, the UNHCR said.

    According to authorities, the migrants came mainly from countries south of the Sahara. On late Thursday evening, they made their way to Europe in the Libyan port city of Suara, survivors told the UNHCR. Subsequently, the boat got into distress due to high waves.
     
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    This is beyond tragic. What a terrible loss of life. No one seems able or inclined to seek out the smugglers who exploit people and send them to their death.
     
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    Prob. A brunch of infested Rats drown...awwww
     
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    It seems they were majority sub Saharan Africans, though having left from Libya, I have no doubt there were probably North Africans on there too, but I doubt many (if any) Tunisian’s, it just happened to go down off the Sfax coast. I’ve been following it online since it happened Friday morning.

    Whoever they were, what a wretched way to die :Cry:
    Those people were loved by somebody....it’s horrible.

    How incredibly sad it is that the movies and internet have put such deluded visions of the Western lifestyle out there, people are willing to risk their lives for greed and a wealth that will never materialise.

    I know you’re really hurt and angry right now, Minnie, and I feel for you....I know how it hurts and I’m here for you, but try not to let your hurt, anger and confusion roll over into hatred, it will make you feel worse, not better :)
     
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    I think it’s hard for people who live in a relatively stable Europe to imagine the utter desperation of living in the sub Sahara region. Yemen, Congo, Sudan Rwanda. The surrounding countries have been ravaged by war and famine and tribal dictatorship. We played our very big part too in making countries like Libya lawless and rife for smugglers. I’ve followed the harrowing journeys across deserts and war torn Libya.

    It’s not greed or longing for wealth that brings them into a boat willing to risk drowning. It’s utter desperation.

    When we get in a plane to go on holiday we have a 99.9% chance we will return alive. When they leave a village travel days through desserts, fearful, without suitable clothing or provisions, and get in a boat where they know they may die, the odds are 65/35 That they will die, that’s not lazy or greedy.

    Yes of course each boat brings some opportunists, mainly from Tunisia hoping to try their luck.

    We have not suffered from repeated years of failed crops, from children kidnapped and recruited as child soldiers or kidnapped from mud hut villages and raped and trafficked.

    If I was in that position, relentless famine and fear knowing no one was about to help me any time soon, I would do it too.
     
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    Fleeing famine and war, wanting safety and food for your loved ones, I understand. What infuriates me and shows where it goes beyond fear and into the ugly depths of greed, is when people have made it to safe countries.....but they persist in going further for deluded visions of wealth.

    Take those dicks in France, for example...crossing the Channel in dinghies for ‘Benefits Britain’.....how many safe countries had they already travelled through? What war and famine are they fleeing in France?
    This is where it goes from fleeing hell and becomes ugly greed.. these illegal, economic migrants are a curse on all of us, be it genuine asylum seekers struggling for help, or the tax payer....they rob us all.

    I too would flee famine and war with my loved ones, but I would not be so damn greedy that after finding safety, I would then get greedy and stick my family in boats.....my family is worth more than any money :thumbsup:
     
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    Also, it has now been put out there that these people were Bangladeshi. They got to Turkey (safe country) and were flown into Libya, they paid $10,000 each, seven were from the same family. That’s about £53,000....so they had enough to make a good life where they were. Greed and delusional visions killed these people, nothing more, nothing less.
     

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