Lampedusa humanitarian crisis

Uploaded by  on 15 Apr 2011

The negligence of the Italian authorities has turned the island of Lampedusa into the site of a humanitarian crisis.

In the last few weeks and months, thousands of Tunisians, mainly young men, have found themselves stranded on this tiny island after leaving poverty-stricken Tunisia since the onset of the political unrest there.

There are no showers, no toilets and no shelters. Around 4,000 people are currently sleeping rough. The luckier ones sleep in makeshift tents that they have pulled together from bits of plastic sheeting they have found. Others simply sleep on pavements and on beaches, without even a simple blanket to keep them warm.

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