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Sicilian fishermen risk prison to rescue migrants: ‘No human would turn away’

A father and son describe what it’s like to hear desperate cries on the sea at night as Italy hardens its stance against incomers.

Captain Carlo Giarratano didn’t think twice when, late last month, during a night-time fishing expedition off the coast of Libya, he heard desperate cries of help from 50 migrants aboard a dinghy that had run out of fuel and…

  • Lorenzo Tondo
  • The Guardian

The 36-year-old Sicilian lives by the law of the sea.

He reached the migrants and offered them all the food and drink he had.

While his father Gaspare coordinated the aid effort from land, Carlo waited almost 24 hours for an…

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