Migration in Maltese local newspapers – press clippings part two

Migration in Maltese local newspapers – press clippings part two


This is second part of the press clipping archive that we have built following the migration issue in Maltese newspapers. If you require to see the previous post (articles from February-March 2015) please click on the link below:

https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2015/04/26/migration-in-maltese-local-newspapers-press-clippings-part-one/

Without repeating ourselves – but putting emphasis on the issue – this is not done for any profit, but purely for the informational value. In recent weeks we have spoken to several foreign journalists, who were covering the migration story and each of them asked the same question: how is the phenomena of migration via Mediterranean reported in local press.
Malta is recognized as a hub for both humanitarian rescue missions and the destination itself for asylum seekers who want to reach safety of Europe. No wondering that there is an interest in how the local media tell the story.

Main backbone of the archive we have gathered is from Times of Malta and Sunday Times of Malta – as this media house is incredibly dedicated to the issue, much more than other English speaking newspaper. You can easily see it in this post – April was extremely hectic when it comes to coverage. So much that we had to make an entire new post for the month alone! If there was one or two articles on the topic in March, there were sometimes 7-8 different ones in the month of April per edition. Scanning and editing was a bit of nightmare – some stories or pictures are really unbearable. The more respect and awe goes to the staff of Times of Malta who were on the story round the clock. This newspaper is also bold. Please note the front page from April 16, 2015 – the photos published created an outrage on local level. Malicia has been on the island for a decade now and she cannot recall such a shocking cover before. But this is needed – this is the reality of the migration crisis. Times of Malta was also the only newspaper that  followed up the story on a daily basis, often reserving space for it on the front page.

There was however a very interesting article in the Sunday Circle, a life-style (glossy) magazine on April 26, 2015 and we have added it to our archive.

Again, if you are a foreign journo who needs some back up on the story, this archive was created for you. If you need assistance to be put in touch with local media workers, local photographers and NGO`s, please let us know at lil_lilac_tree@yahoo.com and we will  try to help you.

The Times of Malta/The Sunday Times of Malta:

April 6, 2015:

The Times of Malta – April 6, 2015, page 5
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The Times of Malta – April 6, 2015, page 7

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April 11, 2015:

The Times of Malt – April 11, 2015, front page

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The Times of Malta – April 11, 2015, page 4

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April 12, 2015:

The Times of Malt – April 12, 2015, page 6

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The Times of Malt – April 12, 2015, page 9

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April 13, 2015:

The Times of Malt – April 13, 2015, page 5

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April 14, 2015:

The Times of Malt – April 14, 2015, front page

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The Times of Malt – April 14, 2015, page 8

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April 15, 2015:

The Times of Malt – April 15, 2015, front page

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The Times of Malt – April 15, 2015, page 3

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The Times of Malt – April 15, 2015, page 6

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April 16, 2015:

The Times of Malt – April 16, 2015, front page

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The Times of Malt – April 16, 2015, page 4

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The Times of Malt – April 16, 2015, page 4 (#TimesTalk ad)

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The Times of Malt – April 16, 2015, page 9

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April 18, 2015:

The Times of Malt – April 18, 2015, front

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The Times of Malt – April 18, 2015, page 6

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The Times of Malt – April 18, 2015, page 11

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April 19, 2015:

The Times of Malt – April 19, 2015, page 10

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The Times of Malt – April 19, 2015, page 11

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The Times of Malt – April 19, 2015, page 14

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April 20, 2015:

The Times of Malta – April 20, 2015, front page

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The Times of Malta – April 20, 2015, page  4 (upper page)

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The Times of Malta – April 20, 2015, page  4 (lower page)

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The Times of Malta – April 20, 2015, page  5 (upper page)

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The Times of Malta – April 20, 2015, page  5 (lower page)

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The Times of Malta – April 20, 2015, page  15 (editorial)

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The Times of Malta – April 20, 2015, page  18

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April 21, 2015:

The Times of Malta  – April 21, 2015, front page

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The Times of Malta  – April 21, 2015, page 2

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The Times of Malta  – April 21, 2015, page 6

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The Times of Malta – April 21, 2015, page 7

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The Times of Malta – April 21, 2015, page 8

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The Times of Malta – April 21, 2015, page 9

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April 22, 2015:

The Times  of Malta – April 22, 2015 front page

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The Times  of Malta  – April 22, 2015 page 4

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The Times  of Malta – April 22, 2015 page 5

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The Times  of Malta  – April 22, 2015 page 6

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The Times  of Malta – April 22, 2015 page 10

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The Times  of Malta  – April 22, 2015 page 15 (letters to the Editor)

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The Times  of Malta – April 22, 2015 page 16 (comments and letters)

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April 23, 2015:

The Times  of Malta – April 23, 2015, front page

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The Times  of Malta – April 23, 2015, page 6

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The Times  of Malta – April 23, 2015, page 7

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The Times  of Malta – April 23, 2015, page 8

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The Times  of Malta – April 23, 2015, page 9

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April 24, 2015:

The Times of Malta – April 24, 2015, front page

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The Times of Malta – April 24, 2015, page 4

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The Times of Malta – April 24, 2015, page 5

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The Times of Malta – April 24, 2015, page 6

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April 25, 2015:

The Times of Malta – April 25, 2015, front page

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The Times of Malta – April 25, 2015, page 4

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The Times of Malta – April 25, 2015, page 5

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The Times of Malta – April 25, 2015, page 8

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The Times of Malta – April 25, 2015, page 9

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The Times of Malta – April 25, 2015, page 11

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The Times of Malta – April 25, 2015, page 14

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April 26, 2015:

The Times of Malta – April 26, 2015, page 6

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The Times of Malta – April 26, 2015, page 7

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The Times of Malta – April 26, 2015, page 15

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The Times of Malta – April 26, 2015, page 18

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The Times of Malta – April 26, 2015, page 19

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The Times of Malta – April 26, 2015, page 20

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The Times of Malta – April 26, 2015, page 21 (editorial)

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The Times of Malta – April 26, 2015, page 23

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The Times of Malta – April 26, 2015, page 24

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The Times of Malta – April 26, 2015, page 28

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April 27, 2015:

The Times of Malta – April 27, 2015, page 5

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The Times of Malta – April 27, 2015, page 11

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The Times of Malta – April 27, 2015, page 14

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The Times of Malta – April 27, 2015, page 18

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April 28, 2015:

The Times of Malta – April 28, 2015, front page

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The Times of Malta – April 28, 2015, page 4

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The Times of Malta – April 28, 2015, page 40

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April 29, 2015:

The Times of Malta – April 29, 2015, page 14

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The Times of Malta – April 29, 2015, page 15 (letters)

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April 30, 2015:

The Times of Malta – April 30, 2015, front page

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The Times of Malta – April 30, 2015, page 6 (upper)

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The Times of Malta – April 30, 2015, page 6 (lower)

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The Times of Malta – April 30 2015, page 7

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The Times of Malta – April 30, 2015, page 9

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The Times of Malta – April 30, 2015, page 15 (letters)

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The Times of Malta – April 30, 2015, page 44

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The Sunday Circle:

April 26, 2015:

The Sunday Circle – April 26, 2015, page 69

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The Sunday Circle – April 26, 2015, page 70

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The Sunday Circle – April 26, 2015, page 72

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The Malta Independent:

April 30, 2015:

The Malta Independent – April 30, 2015, front page

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The Malta Independent – April 30, 2015, page 3

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The Malta Independent – April 30, 2015, page 11

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Migration in Maltese local newspapers – press clippings part one

Migration in Maltese local newspapers – press clippings

This was not meant to be a blog post at first. Rather, it was an idea to have some local press articles about migration ready when we were to send a copy of local photography book on the issue to be reviewed abroad. In the beginning, we thought to have one week covered but interesting stories kept appearing and we kept on cutting them out. March went by and April arrived and we continued to gather all local stories on the subject. Then last week – everything changed. Two boat drowning in just five days and over 1000 people dead, only a handful bodied recovered to be buried on the island. We have spoken to several foreigner journalists covering the story and the first question they have asked us: what is happening in Malta. How is the migration phenomenon being reported on a local level. We came back to our archive now consisting of two months worth of local press articles and decided to scan everything and put it online. Whoever needs to view the articles can simply click on the scan and see the article.

We have made some notes on the sides of some articles, to explain a term used or to highlight some other issues or to inform who the person writing the article is. Each scan is described by the same key: Name_month_day_year_page, to make it easier.

Now, most of our archive is Times of Malta and The Sunday Times of Malta as this is the biggest (circulation wise) English newspaper on Maltese market and they have put in a lot of emphasis on the story in all its aspects. The other newspaper that we use as a second source in The Malta Independent, mostly to have stories that may not be reported in TOM. There is a third English speaking newspaper on the island – Malta Today but since it is a tabloid and their coverage may be sensational, we have so far not included it in the archive – we may in the future if a story that they report will be of value.

Please note one thing. This was not done to republish local articles for profit
or anything of that sort. This is solely for informational purposes, mostly hoping that foreigner journalists who may need to see the stories for their reports, will be able to realize how dedicated Maltese media are to migration issue and how complicated and multi-layered it is for such a small island.

Malicia had written in the past her thesis on how media report a story (her thesis was about Northern Ireland peace process reported by Polish newspapers) and she hopes that perhaps somebody will use this blog for similar purpose. She also hopes she is not breaking any laws but if somebody objects, please let her know and she will put this blog offline.

We will be also using this blog to promote the local photography book and to convince people far and wide to come to Malta and tell the world what is happening around the Mediterranean. We can`t have hundreds of people drowning and nobody to care.

So educational and informational purposes only – in case somebody is asking.

If you are a journalist covering a story regarding Malta and need any assistance to get in touch with local media representatives, freelance photographers, MOAS, Refugee Commissioner, etc, please get in touch via lil_lilac_tree@yahoo.com and we will try to help you as much as we can.

February 2015:

Times of Malta February 22, 2015, page 7

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Times of Malta February 22, 2015, page 8

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March 2015:

The Malta Independent

The Malta Independent March 20, 2015, front page

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The Malta Independent March 20, 2015, page 2

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The Malta Independent March 20, 2015, page 5

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The Malta Independent March 20, 2015, page 9 (editorial)

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The Malta Independent March 21, 2015, front page

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The Malta Independent March 21, 2015, page 2

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The Malta Independent March 21, 2015, page 3

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The Malta Independent March 21, 2015, page 5

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The Times of Malta /The Sunday Times of Malta

The Times of Malta, March 1, 2015 page 3

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The Times of Malta, March 2, 2015, page 6
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The Times of Malta, March 5, 2015, page 5

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The Times of Malta, March 5, 2015, page 6

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The Times of Malta, March 7, 2015, page 6

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The Times of Malta, March 8, 2015, front page

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The Times of Malta, March 8, 2015, page 10

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The Times of Malta, March 8, 2015, page 11

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The Times of Malta, March 13, 2015, page 7

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The Times of Malta, March 15, 2015, page 20

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The Times of Malta, March 16, 2015, page 5

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The Times of Malta, March 17, 2015, page 4

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The Times of Malta, March 18, 2015, page 4

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The Times of Malta, March 20, 2015, page 3

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The Times of Malta, March 21, 2015, front page

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The Times of Malta, March 21, 2015, page 3

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The Times of Malta, March 21, 2015, page 6

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The Times of Malta, March 21, 2015, page 11

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The Times of Malta, March 22, 2015, page 21

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The Times of Malta, March 23, 2015, page 39

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The Times of Malta, March 26, 2015, front page

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The Times of Malta, March 30, 2015, page 7

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If you require a file with the URLs for every article, you can find it here:

Migration_March_2015

You can see the local press coverage of April 2015 under this link:

https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2015/04/27/migration-in-maltese-local-newspapers-press-clippings-part-two/

R+M

All Lives Matter

Silent march for migrants lost at sea – April 22, 2015
Funerals for 24 victims killed in the worst ever capsizing of a migrant boat in the Mediterranean – April 23, 2015

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T. S. Elliot considered April to be “the cruelest month” and it is hard to disagree.  With hundreds of lives lost in just six days, April 2015 will be regarded as one of the deadliest periods on record regarding irregular migration via Mediterranean Sea. On April 14th, Save the Children Foundation reported that some 400 people have drowned trying to reach Europe. Before the world had a chance to recover from shock and disbelief, another tragedy has struck.  On April 19th, over 600 would be migrants and asylum seekers died after their vessel overturned. Only a handful of survivors have been saved. In the same time Italian rescuers received thirty eight distress calls from twenty different boats bringing to ports over 8000 individuals – men, women and children (some as young as two years old).

The scale of the disaster can only be described as a humanitarian tragedy, biggest maritime incident since the end of WW II.  Its implications are hard to imagine at this stage and will surely last decades. We can only theorize about orphaned children and families torn apart but the terrible truth is that we may never know the full impact of loss of so many lives.

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In the face of such unprecedented crisis reactions on local level have been both vocal and emotional. Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said he had nightmares of “bodies floating in the water”. Former PM Laurence Gonzi stated that the incidents were a “shame on us all [in Europe]”.  Opposition MEP Roberta Metsola called on other EU member states to “stop bickering while bodies continued to wash up on the beaches”.

Maltese public also remained strongly affected by the events. On April 22, 2015 a silent march has been held in the village of St Julians to commemorate the lives lost at sea. Organized by four activists: Maria Pisani, Erika Borg, Alba Cauchi and Damjan Attard – the march attracted a record number of participants. Over a thousand members of the general public, state officials and activists gathered in front of the Love Monument in St Julians in a show of solidarity. Among those marching were President of Malta Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, Minister of Justice Owen Bonnici, Head of Opposition Simon Bussutil and US Ambassador to Malta Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley, members of various local NGOs and The Ursuline Sisters Order.

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Many present held white flowers, candles and hand-made signs. Their message was clear as signs read: “1000 dead in 24 hours. Welcome to  Fortress Europe”, “Not MY Europe”, “ People before borders” and “#AllLivesMatter”  – a reference to the recent civil protests in United States as most victims of the drowning in Mediterranean have been indeed young men running away from the wars and poverty in their communities. Some posters have been made and carried by children – another sad reminder of the migration crisis. In recent years hundreds of minors have been crossing the sea on their own to reach safety in Europe and their number is rising. One of the bodies recovered from the vessel that overturned on April 19, 2015 belonged to a boy not older than 14.

The location of the march was not accidental. The village of St Julians is a tourist hub and the heart of entertainment in Malta. It is also an area where many expats from European Union and Commonwealth Countries reside and work. Love Sign is a popular gathering spot and usually is adorned with locks and other symbols of everlasting feelings. St Julians boasts of many restaurants, nightclubs and a picturesque seafront promenade. The village that is always loud and bursting with life fell completely silent for the duration of the march. The crowd started moving along the promenade towards the neighbouring village of Sliema at 19:00 pm followed by international press covering the event. All local newspapers and TV stations were present as well as Italian and English media representatives.

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There were many signs of solidarity with the marchers. Some people joined in along the way, workers from nearby restaurants were silently standing in the doors to show their respects, the bells of church in Balluta Bay were ringing and the parish priest came out in front of the church to see the march himself.

By 19:50 pm the march descended towards a beach in Sliema – another popular leisure spot for both locals and tourists where flowers were thrown into the sea and the candle vigil followed.  The members of the crowd began to sing Amazing Grace and some of the migrants who survived the journey to Europe made short speeches thanking the public for their presence. Many cried as they recalled their own perilous journey towards safety. Hundred candles on the shore were in a striking contrast to the several families who organized a barbecue in the same location, apparently unaware of the planned event.

Despite the significant police presence (and the very discreet security personnel protecting the President) the march came to an end without any incidents and proved to be very well organized. By 20:30 pm most of the crowd has left and only a small group of Eritreans and Somalis remained to discuss the funeral arrangements for the victims of the drowning.  Some 24 bodies have only been recovered and brought to Malta to be buried next morning at the Mater Dei Hospital. We have spoken to several members of the community and despite the tragedy most of them were hopeful that things would improve and more help would be allocated to the people who seek refuge in Europe. That is the spirit of the people who have lost everything and yet refuse to stop the fight for a better future.

At the end we would like to quote the words of Maria Pisani – one of the organizers of the march. “We hardly speak of those who perished as fathers and sons, mothers and daughters. We speak of the numbers, not people”.

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Perhaps the human cost of the migration crisis in the Mediterranean will now take a centre stage. But it took thousands of lives over the years to get to this point.

Mike Caffrey –  originally from the UK and now based on Malta, Mike has been working as a professional photographer since the 1980’s. His versitile skills allow him to easily portray any topic or dive into many photography genres:  street, journalism, nature, fashion, production, gigs and corporate. He has 16 years of experience in photo editing and design. When not taking pictures, he can be seen rock climbing and kayaking (he is also a teacher of both of those). Mike is also a successful portrait painter. If you’d like to hire him for your business, please contact him at:

Website: http://www.imagocentric.com
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If you want to help to save lives on Europe`s bloodied boarder, please consider making a small donation to MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station) an NGO that saved 3000 lives last year at

www.moas.eu/donate

Rita and Malicia Dabrowicz