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05/09/2011 02:43 AM ID: 89193 Permalink   

Sixty-One Die After Being Abandoned at Sea by NATO

 

A vessel transporting 72 African women, children migrants and political refugees from Tripoli to Italy ran into trouble on route with 61 on-board dying of thirst or hunger, despite numerous SOS calls having been sent which were ignored by the NATO.

Other European military units also ignored the emergency distress call from the boat in late March. One survivor said, "Every morning we would wake & find more bodies, which we would leave for 24 hours and then thrown overboard. By the final days, we didn´t know ourselves ... everyone was either praying, or dying."

International maritime law states all vessels at sea should respond to SOS calls. The UN´s refugee agency has called for stricter co-operation among commercial and military vessels in the area to respond to all calls for help.

 
  Source: www.guardian.co.uk  
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  Events of today are the horror storys...  
 
that terrified me as kid.
How the people that ignored these pleas can look their own kids in the eyes or sleep at night is beyond my comprehension!

 
  by: captainJane     05/09/2011 02:48 AM     
  @Admin  
 
Can you please amend my title to...
Sixty One Die after Being Abandoned at Sea by Nato
 
  by: captainJane     05/09/2011 03:26 AM     
  i do agree.  
 
A memorial should be raised to remember those who died so needlessly.

and a second raised with the names of all the known vessels who IGNORED the calls, and the times they were in the vicinity.

just saying. the men and captains of those ships should be brought to trial.

[ edited by TheDeeder ]
 
  by: TheDeeder   05/09/2011 10:50 PM     
  simplified reaction  
 
@ CJ and The Deeder
Your reaction while understandable doesn´t take into account the bigger picture, we can expect more of this.

Until the recent Upheavals you did know that the EU was paying Gaddafi to use his mercenaries to prevent African Refugees reaching Europe?
Seeing what those mercenaries do to their country men I wouldn´t want to know how they ´prevented´ the refugees from reaching Europe.

Mistreatment of refugees and the west washing their hands of it, is a major issue... but really what is the solution to massive global over population particularly in poverty stricken 3rd world nations?
 
  by: veya_victaous     05/10/2011 05:46 AM     
  @veya_victaous  
 
Thank you for your comment; I have taken on board all you have written.
It is an absolute disgrace what Europe has done and while proclaiming that they stand by all rights of the human race. Britain dealing arms to such people sickened me to the core. It has to END now if for no other reason than the fact that we could end up in the same way, either by our leaders or those that will crush them for all they have done! This constant crime is dragging us into hell all because of their malevolence and greed. My fears are watching children suffer and their filthy butts will be some were on safe ground.
As for overpopulation. Britain is a very small fragment of land in comparison to America or Russia. Yet, we have miles of untamed land here. So I do not agree I see it as governments being too lazy to work with what we have left.


[ edited by captainJane ]
 
  by: captainJane     05/10/2011 04:20 PM     
  The Title Makes One Think  
 
NATO took them out to sea and left them there.

"Failed to Rescue" is a bit more accurate.
 
  by: Jim8   05/10/2011 05:31 PM     
  @Jim  
 
"Failed to Rescue"

They sat there knowing full well where these people were; heard their calls and CHOOSE to leave them to die! So where does the word "failed" come into this?
You can fail your driving test, fail to see someone in the street fail your exams but knowing the situation of over six hundred human beings and not helping is deliberate "Abandonment" in my dictionary!
Maybe you have a different book to me.

 
  by: captainJane     05/10/2011 10:20 PM     
  What should be..  
 
It should be made "international law" that any government supplying arms to people with intent to hurt, kill or suppress the people they govern over, should be charged with felony. Maybe make a new law because of the carnage being so vast plus deceit and corruption of power. All these factors should to the front after all that has been exposed but what are we getting, cover ups and lies!

I will save that for another summary.
 
  by: captainJane     05/10/2011 10:36 PM     
  @captainJane  
 
>>They sat there knowing full well where these people were; heard their calls and CHOOSE to leave them to die! So where does the word "failed" come into this?

Let´s check the dictionary:
Fail: (1) be unsuccessful in achieving one´s goal
(2) neglect to do something

Abandoned:
cease to support or look after

Ok, both work. I´ll stick by my statement that "abandoned at sea" sounds (to me) like they took them there and left them.

You are right, it was a terrible thing, no matter what word you use.
 
  by: Jim8   05/11/2011 12:00 AM     
  Sorry Jim...  
 
I can´t see where you are coming from!
"International maritime law states all vessels at sea should respond to SOS calls."
They are paid to do this yet they did not act so as in the title they were abandoned.

They deliberately abandoned people knowing they were suffering. In my books that is an inhuman and very cruel act.

At the end of the day our laws are outdated and people like this in everyday circumstances would be put on trial. Why are these people not put on trail? If it was a company here leaving people to die, they would be put through health and safety and all probability charged and sentenced. Who ever ordered the death sentence of these people in my eyes are no better than a serial killers.
 
  by: captainJane     06/02/2011 09:32 PM     
  NATO  
 
can´t always get it right, but it was very commendable in the enforcement of a no fly zone in Libya.
I know there have been calls by some nations for a similar intervention in Syria, so why are NATO not employing and no fly there? I know it´s a political hot bed, but someone has to make a stand and someone has to make the first move.
 
  by: manicfoot   09/01/2012 02:41 PM     
  "someone has to make the first move."  
 
This is one situation that makes no sense. Excepting the arms trading.

If anything this has made the Arab league look pretty pathetic. They should have been making more of an effort in brokering peace or helping end the regime. Should NATO get involved on the ground it could become a situation which spirals out of control where Russia becomes a combatant force. NATO has to be legitimate in enforcing a no fly zone to protect innocent people.
 
  by: captainJane     09/04/2012 09:11 PM     
 
 
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