Ok folks - so the casualty toll today has now reached "111" dead immigrants recovered from the waters of Lampedusa... (On monday, another minor boat tragedy allegedly claimed "13" lives).
"Photo" gallery of rescue operations: (just check these out - and tell me if these images make any sense - given what we are told happened - that is, that a boat containing "500" immigrants caught fire and capsized - dumping everyone into the sea):"Lampedusa, i morti recuperati sono 111"
http://palermo.repubblica.it/cronaca/20 ... -67854018/
http://palermo.repubblica.it/cronaca/20 ... 76748/1/#1
A particularly silly photo gallery featuring what are said to be "good-luck pictures brought along from their land by the drowned Eritreans - which were retrieved from the waters of Cala Madonna":
"L'acqua di Cala Madonna ha restituito le foto delle famiglie dei naufraghi: immagini portafortuna,
con le quali gli eritrei si portano dietro la propria terra:"
http://www.repubblica.it/cronaca/2013/1 ... 52267/1/#1
I find it hard to imagine anything sillier than these framed pictures - purportedly found floating around the sea surface. Atta's passport, anyone? Yet, people buy into this silliness - and today the Italian government has proclaimed a "National Day of Mourning". If this really happened as reported, I would personally ask for a "National Day of Shame upon The Italian Coast Guard" who failed to save these people as their boat capsized in close proximity to the island...