Crew members on the humanitarian ship Sea Eye 4 give an on-the-ground account of rescuing 114 migrants on the European border, and their detainment by Italian authorities.
This account is both heartening and tragic. . . . ¨generally poorer countries like Tunisia, Libya, and Morocco, which are subcontracted by Europe essentially to carry out extreme violence that Europe avoids accountability for¨ . . . .
Todd’s report on the work of Nathan and the Sea Eye 4 crew describe the polity around the liberal state asylum myth when faced with the migration of those fleeing failed states and failed economies. The use of paid Libyan coast guard as a paramilitary force has its roots in outsourcing military functions in the name of humanitarian aid, both in the Mediterranean and at the SW US border with Mexico. There migrants die at sea, and here in the desert. The brutality they face in camps in Libya and in Northern Mexican border towns demonstrates that the US-EU-UK Atlantic pact operating within the UN is no longer legitimate in terms of honoring UN human rights protocols. Shifting the blame and at the same time benefiting from free trade with those states, is the political game neo-liberal states engage in.
Here, and there in Greece, Israel, Libya and other Middle Eastern nations elsewhere, we are seeing a convergent practice of brutalizing migrants as national governments reject responsibility for victims who often flee forced migration. While this parallel universe is acutely recognizable by border residents worldwide, and is simultaneously strategically exploited by politicians globally while the migrant deaths mark our regress into nationalism.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you for this professional and deeply moving account of a tragedy that has been hushed up just off the tourist beaches.
Your work is invaluable, more than a candle of humanity in the black night of the European refugee catastrophe.
thanks to the crew that does this work!!! I lived in Arizona for many years, I had personal experience with G.P.CALLAHAN, an infamous rotten corrupt dirty Border Patrol agent who got busted a few years after my encounter. ICE needs destroyed yesterday. THREE BURIALS OF MELQUIADES ESTRADA is an excellent film, helps me vent my lethal rage at these tax-funded murderers.