The Pope Francisco called for the international community to reach a shared and lasting agreement to manage the migratory flows that arrive in Europe through the Mediterranean Sea and to put an end to the return of these people to unsafe countries.
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“I convey my closeness to the thousands of migrants, refugees and others in need of protection in Libya. I never forget myself, I hear your cries and I pray for you ”, said Francis, after the Angelus recitation.
It condemned that “men, women and children are subjected to a inhuman violence“And that is why he asked” once again the international community to keep its promises to find common, concrete and lasting solutions to the management of migratory flows in Libya and in the Mediterranean ”.
“We need to end the return of migrants to unsafe countries and give priority to the rescue of human lives at sea, with rescue and disembarkation devices provided, guarantee their dignified living conditions, alternatives to detention, regular tours of migrants and asylum applications ”, he highlighted.
“We must all feel responsible for these brothers and sisters who for years have been victims of this situation,” he added.
The ship Geo Barents, of the organization Doctors Without Borders (MSF), is in the Mediterranean with 296 people on board, rescued in recent days, waiting for a country to authorize a port.
The same occurs with the Spanish ship Aita Mari, of Humanitarian Maritime Rescue (SMH), which rescued last Tuesday at 105 migrants.
With information from EFE.