Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

12/5/2012 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

27 immigrants pulled to safety after navigating Strait of Gibraltar in toy dinghies

Fleeing oppression in North Africa, the 27 migrants that set sail from Morocco on four inflatable dinghies have all safely reached the shores of Spain. Coast Guard vessels from southern Spain and Morocco rescued the 27 migrants on four inflatable dinghies in the Strait of Gibraltar.

Thousands of suspected illegal immigrants from Africa risk their lives trying to reach Europe on small, flimsy boats every year.

Thousands of suspected illegal immigrants from Africa risk their lives trying to reach Europe on small, flimsy boats every year.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

12/5/2012 (1 year ago)

Published in Africa

Keywords: Morocco, Strait of Gibraltar, Spain, refugees, North Africa


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The African immigrants gladly bid adieu to their to their inflatable dinghies for the reassuring sturdiness of the a Coast Guard boat.

Officials said some of the migrants trying to reach Spain from Morocco jumped into the sea when the two countries' rescue vessels approached them Monday. The refugees were desperate to be picked up by the Spanish boats that would take them to Europe, instead of back to their North African homeland.

Thousands of suspected illegal immigrants from Africa risk their lives trying to reach Europe on small, flimsy boats every year. Authorities say their vessels took 19 sub-Saharan men and two women to the port of Cadiz in southern Spain. Some suffered from hypothermia.

Whether they will find a new home on this side of the Mediterranean is not known. Six other refugees were picked up by Moroccan rescuers and taken to Tangier.

It's believed that the men are all from sub-Saharan Africa and were on the final stages of an epic journey which saw them cross the desert on their way to the Moroccan coast.
 
The Strait of Gibraltar separates Spain and Morocco by a mere nine miles. A ferry ride between the two continents takes roughly 35 minutes.

Due to its location, it is one of the key smuggling routes for illegal immigrants crossing into Europe.
"Like the U.S., European countries once known for their commitment to openness have convulsed in a wave of economic anxiety, political frustration and fear of a darker Europe," columnist Michelle Chen writes. "And in both America and Europe, migration is driven by the destructive ripple effects of policies in the North. Migration out of Mexico is in part a byproduct of predatory "free trade" policies, for instance.

"Europe and NATO's actions in North Africa and the Middle East-not only the ongoing bombing of Libya but the longstanding support for pet dictatorships -- paved the way for the current refugee crisis.

"For U.S. observers, Europe today is an object lesson in how even incremental progress toward rational border policies quickly unravel when racist fears pervade domestic politics. The only people who seem to understand both sides of the dilemma are the refugees: they have no choice but to take the sweetness and the pain of revolution in equal parts as they push their way to the border," Chen adds.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for August 2014
Refugees:
That refugees, forced by violence to abandon their homes, may find a generous welcome and the protection of their rights.
Oceania: That Christians in Oceania may joyfully announce the faith to all the people of that region.



Comments


More Africa

As the Ebola outbreak death toll rises, Britain puts out a plea to international researchers everywhere Watch

Image of The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has caused the deaths of more than 1,300 people, and currently seems beyond control even as experimental drugs are raced to the affected regions.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The Wellcome Trust and the United kingdom's Department for International Development put out a plea for researchers around the world to help fight the Ebola outbreak which is ravaging West Africa, the largest outbreak of the deadly disease in history. LOS ... continue reading


DEATH TOLL SOARS UPWARD: Ebola deaths now into the thousands Watch

Image of Liberia has had the most deaths in a two-day period. The World Health Organization is working on getting food sent to areas hit hardest.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The death toll from Ebola, the incurable virus that sends the body into meltdown has soared past the one thousand mark in West Africa. The known death toll at this time stands at 1,200. Liberia has had the most deaths in a two-day period. The World Health ... continue reading


Riot forces Ebola infected patients to flee! Watch

Image of Aid workers carry the body of an Ebola victim, more than 1,000 have died of the virus.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Seventeen people, suspected to be infected with the Ebola virus, are missing in Liberia after a health center in the capital city of Monrovia was attacked, the Liberian government reported, disregarding their previous reports that no patients were missing, and ... continue reading


100 boys kidnapped by Nigerian terrorists to become child soldiers Watch

Image of An image of Boko Haram gunmen taken from a video filmed by the terrorist group.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Fighters from the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram have reportedly abducted nearly 100 boys and men during a raid on a village in the country's northeast, witnesses reported. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Villagers who escaped the August 17 raid on Doron ... continue reading


NO EARLY END IN SIGHT: A million people directly affected by Ebola outbreak Watch

Image of The latest figures have recorded 128 new cases of Ebola virus disease, as well as 56 deaths.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Once confined to West Africa, the deadly Ebola virus now threatens every city on Earth with an international airport. The World Health Organization has given the world a most grim prognosis; there are currently one million people in the world today directly ... continue reading


Get out of Africa! U.S. tells embassy families to leave Ebola stricken regions Watch

Image of More than 1,000 people have died in the West Africa Ebola outbreak, history's worst outbreak ever recorded.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

United States officials have told the families of American diplomats in Sierra Leone to leave the country to avoid becoming infected by the deadly Ebola virus which is ravaging that country and other West African states. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "The ... continue reading


The Mummy Lives! Mummification practice much older than previously thought Watch

Image of Discovered in the more extravagant graves, the remains suggested that only the privileged people in this ancient society were preserved.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The phrase, as old as a mummy has taken on new significance with a recent scientific discovery. Researchers now believe that the ancient Egyptian practice of mummification may date back 1,500 years earlier than previously thought. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic ... continue reading


With only a dozen doses of medicine, Liberia faces an ethical crisis Watch

Image of Liberia has received an experimental drug which may provide a cure to the terrible Ebola outbreak that is devastating the country.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Already struggling with the worst Ebola outbreak in history, the West African nation of Liberia is facing an excruciating choice-deciding who will receive Zmapp, an experimental drug that could prove life-saving. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The drug arrived ... continue reading


Catholic nun dies before experimental drug reaches Liberia Watch

Image of The World Health Organization reports that over 1,000 people have died in the Ebola outbreak which began in March of 2014.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The Spanish-based San Juan de Dios hospital order has reported that a Catholic nun who was working in Liberia has died of the Ebola virus. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The order reported that Sister Chantal Pascaline from the Congo died on August 9 "from Ebola ... continue reading


Eperimental Ebola drug heads to Africa after World Health panel gives ethical A-O-K! Watch

Image of More than 1,000 people have died in this Ebola epidemic that has been going on since early 2014.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

An experimental drug created to treat Ebola made by the San Diego-based biotech firm Mapp Biopharmaceuticals Inc. had its first three doses used to treat two Americans and a Spanish missionary, and is now on its way to Liberia after the World Health Organization ... continue reading


All Africa News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Ezekiel 36:23-28
23 I am going to display the holiness of my great ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 51:12-13, 14-15, 18-19
12 Give me back the joy of your salvation, sustain in ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 22:1-14
1 Jesus began to speak to them in parables once ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for August 21st, 2014 Image

St. Pius X
August 21: On June 2, 1835, Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto saw the light of ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter