Sacrificing Our TODAY for the World's TOMORROW
FATA is "Federally Administered Tribal Area" of Pakistan; consisting of 7 Agencies and 6 F.Rs; with a 27000 Sq Km area and 4.5 m population.
MYTH: FATA is the HUB of militancy, terrorism and unrest in Afghanistan.
REALITY: FATA is the worst "VICTIM of Militancy”. Thousands of Civilians dead & injured; Hundreds of Schools destroyed; Thousands of homes raised to ground; 40% population displaced from homes.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Hundreds of migrants reach Italian island (Aljazeera English, 13 May 2011)

Courtesy: “Aljazeera English”, 13 May 2011
Hundreds of migrants reach Italian island
Boatloads of people believed to be fleeing conflict in northern African arrive on Lampedusa, officials say.
Hundreds of migrants believed to be fleeing conflict in northern Africa have arrived on the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa, coast guard officials have said.
The first boat, carrying 166 refugees, landed at around 0500GMT on Friday, and two others, carrying loads of 265 and 150 people, arrived later in the day.
A fourth vessel carrying around 200 people ran into trouble at sea but was rescued by a coastguard, while a fifth boat with an estimated 500 people on board was intercepted.
"By the end of the day around 2,000 migrants are expected to arrive on the island," Ignazio Accomando, from the National Institute for the Health of Migrants, was quoted by the ANSA news agency as saying.

"They are tired, worn out, dehydrated and with some bruises but overall there are no particularly grave health cases," he said.
The migrants are said to have departed from the Libyan coast for Lampedusa, but their nationalities were unclear.
Lampedusa, which is closer to Africa than the Italian mainland, has borne the arrival of thousands of migrants, fleeing the unrest in northern Africa, over past few weeks.
The Italian government, which has made cracking down on illegal immigration a priority, has declared the recent wave of immigrants a humanitarian emergency and warned that hundreds of thousands more north Africans could flee to Italy.

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