The reports of a Tunisian flagged stranded ship, Sarost 5 carrying 40 migrants including two pregnant women is a concerning issue for human rights proponents as four countries including Malta, Italy, France and Tunisia have abandoned the ship to dock on the shore. These 40 migrants were rescued from a wooden boat surrounded by difficulties while they were trying to cross the Mediterranean from Libya. Sarost 5 is the latest ship carrying migrants have caught up in diplomatic dialogues in Europe. Ship is currently few kilometers away from Southern Tunisian shore where people are going to run out of food in next few days. If the Sarost remains in sea for other two weeks, serious incidents can happen and take lives of the people on board. The international Humanitarian agency has visited the ship and after seeing the conditions of people on board had declared it a health crisis.
According to reports, it was the government of Malta who first declined the migrants request to embark on their shore and redirected the ship to Tunisian side although international rules explicitly state that disembarkation should take place on the nearest shore for safety of the people. Maltese govt. has refused to accept the allegation though. Tunisian and Italian government both denied to respond on the migrant issue while French government official did not confirm either way that if it refused to let migrant ship to dock on their shores.
This situation has created a diplomatic crisis from European countries as Red Crescent has said that the issue needs to be resolved within few days otherwise a health crisis can be disastrous. Although European Commission pledged to give $7000 for embarking of every migrant on the European shores but the migrant issue seem to continue effecting precious human lives. The issue should be addressed and countries should show humanity towards people who left their countries to save their lives for a better future. Immediate steps required to avoid humanitarian crisis in Europe.
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