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Let’s take this sorrow seriously. Giusi Nicolini, Mayor of Lampedusa, answers the mothers and the families of the Tunisian missing migrants

Opening the LampedusainFestival, Giusi Nicolini, the mayor of Lampedusa answers to the mothers and the families of the Tunisian missing migrants. In early July, the families and the mothers sent her a video-letter through which they asked her to support the petition for a board of inquiry of the European Union in order to know the truth about what happened to their sons. “Take this sorrow seriously” is the title of the text in which Giusi Nicolini demands to the institutions in charge to do their utmost to establish the truth about what happened. She attaches to the text the dossier she was sent by the mothers and the families of the Tunisian missing migrants, in which are indicated the days of departure of their sons and the phone calls they received during their journeys, in relation to the period September 2010-September 2013


Dossier migranti tunisini dispersi. Settembre 2010-settembre 2013
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Dearest women,

I received your petition, and I also addressed it to the Italian and the European institutions that could give an answer to your questions.

As the mayor of Lampedusa, the island which saves the life of many people, forced to journeys of hope or that has mercy upon the corpses returned from the sea, I feel the duty to take your demand of truth; and to give you my little aid, as much little as little are my small island and my voice.

You are big, and also your sorrow , your perseverance, and your strength to refuse the silence and resignation, your voice.

I hope that I could still go with you, and to be your sister along the way.

A big hug and greetings

Giusi Nicolini

Let’s take this sorrow seriously

Why is nobody feeling for Tunisian women’s sorrow? Silence cannot alleviate this sorrow, or stopping the search for truth, or hampering their struggle, or crippling it. Even a dramatic truth could comfort who saw disappearing her/his own son, his/her own husband, his/her own brother. Silence as an answer to that sorrow, is the only liberty take we cannot take.

Without our laws, without our international agreements and the agreements between border States, and without our political decisions, those men, those guys, would have never got on a boat.

The fact of considering the shipwrecks and the victims as a mere consequence of the criminality that manages human trafficking –without recognizing that traffic exists precisely because there are persons to whom we did not recognize the right to move freely across borders – is one of the most fragile alibis of silence and indifference. The silence of their demand of truth does not conceal the effective responsibilities of those political decisions that prevent such freedom of movement.

Without the struggle of these women, [it would follow that] these men who disappeared in the void would have never existed for us.

I believe that we need to answer these women, since, thanks to them, these men have never stopped to exist.

I attach here the dossier, that I was sent by the mothers and the families of the missing Tunisian migrants, documenting the days of the departures of their sons and the phone calls they received during their journey, in the period of time between September 2010 and September 2013. Based on this, I ask:

-  To the President of the special Commission for the safeguard and the promotion of human rights of the Senate of the Republic, Luigi Manconi, to put pressure for opening an investigation concerning what happened; and in order to proceed to check on the corpses which were found during the days following the dates of departure. In this way, it would be possible to make the Dna confrontation with the dna testing taken in Tunisia by the families of the missing migrants:

-  To the Minister of the Interior, Angelino Alfano, and to the Minister of the Foreign Affairs, Emma Bonino, to check the images that monitored that area of the Mediterranean –corresponding to the departure days of missing Tunisian migrants –and the moves of the civil and military navies, employed in the Sicily Channel, with a specific reference to sighting that may have happened, which were followed or not by rescue operations

-  To the European Union, I demand to dispose an investigation, as requested by the mothers and the families of the missing Tunisians through the petition they addressed to the EU last March, and to convey the activities of the agency of Frontex in national and international waters, during the period of time which corresponds to the dates indicated in the dossier.

Giusi Nicolini, Mayor of the Island of Lampedusa and Linosa

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