The three siblings left Libya on a rubber dinghy to seek help for the youngest brother, who has leukemia. They were picked up at sea by the NGO, Proactiva Open Arms.
Three brothers fleeing Libya in search of a hospital to treat the youngest, 14-year-old Allah, who is suffering from leukemia, were rescued at sea on Saturday by the Spanish NGO, Proactiva Open Arms.
The rescue of the rubber dinghy, which had only 200 liters of fuel for the entire crossing, led to expressions of joy from the rescue workers. "A happy night in the Mediterranean," one of the NGO crew members wrote on social media. "Three siblings with a huge amount of love and 200 liters of fuel took to the sea to give one of them, who has leukemia, the hope of reaching a European hospital. True heroes." There are hopes that the story will end well.
In total, about 280 migrants were rescued off Libya on Saturday in four rescue operations coordinated by the Rome Coast Guard operations center. The migrants were on four dinghies and were rescued by an NGO boat, a fishing boat and a ship used to support activities of some oil platforms.
Dire conditions on Lampedusa
The spotlight has meanwhile returned to the conditions at the hotspot for migrants on Lampedusa. The secretary of the Possibile party, Giuseppe Civati, and an activist from the same group, Stefano Catone, have commented on the latest report drawn up by the Italian Coalition for Freedom and Civil Rights (CILD). They said that "there are conditions comparable to ones in a concentration camp, neither more nor less. We are asking ourselves where the ministers Minniti and Orlando (interior minister and justice minister) were all these months? We have, inside our own borders, places where people are being held in arbitrary detentions."
In recent days, the two representatives of the Possibile party also said, "a delegation of lawyers, researchers and mediators involved with situation at the Lampedusa hotspot have documented dire living conditions and systematic human rights violations." (The three brother traveled on this dinghy. Credit: Proactiva)