Lampedusa Tragedy: UNHCR’s Protection Chief Comments


Published on Oct 3, 2013

Volker Türk, UNHCR’s Director of International Protection, commented on the Lampedusa boat tragedy off the Italian island of Lampedusa today in Geneva, Switzerland.
Of the estimated 500 passengers on the boat, believed to be Eritreans, only 147 have been rescued so far. The boat, which originated from Libya, caught fire half a mile from the coast.

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