It is with great sorrow and sadness that we local activists, journalists and NGOs in Libya on this day mourn the loss of hundreds of migrant people who lost their lives by drowning on a boat from the coast of Libya towards Europe and drowning off the coast of Greece, where some 500 people, including women and children, remain missing. This tragedy reflects the suffering of many people who seek to find a better life and better opportunities to live. In addition, migrant people found themselves in a troubled country like Libya, which is suffering from division and armed conflict, making it gone.
They’re more dangerous. The scenes of irregular migration and horrific accidents like this prompt us to think constantly about the reality of people who have to leave their homeland in search of safety and stability. We must always remember that those people suffer greatly and face difficult and serious challenges during their journey across many countries, including Libya.
We wish to express our condolences and solidarity with the families of the victims and the missing. We also call for strong international cooperation to enhance security and stability in the affected areas and provide local opportunities for a decent life. We need to open safe corridors for migration and work together to reduce unsafe routes for migration, building a system that guarantees the rights of refugees and migrants. Let us remember compassion and compassion in our engagement with others and work day by day to build a world where peace, security and justice are available to all.