The ship humanitarian <em>Ocean Viking</em> has received on Sunday the permission to land the 180 migrants in Sicily.
July 5, 2020 18h55
Updated at 23h05
TheOcean Viking will land 180 migrants in Sicily, in a joy bitter-sweet [PHOTOS]
An explosion of joy, but a bitter aftertaste. The ship humanitarian Ocean Viking has received on Sunday the permission to land the 180 migrants in Sicily, causing a scene of jubilation among the survivors, but the tensions of the last few days have left indelible traces.
“We have received the statement of the maritime authority of the Italian to land the survivors on board at Porto Empedocle [south of Sicily]. The vessel is under way at this time to this port that we believe will join by tomorrow [Monday] morning,” explained its charterer SOS Mediterranean to theAFP, including a journalist is on board.
On the deck of the boat ambulance, which had collected at the edge of these Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, North Africans or Ghanaians in the four operations on 25 and 30 June, the announcement has provoked hugs, cheers, songs, and égoportraits, who have been forgotten by the space of a few minutes the extreme tension that prevailed there, to the point that the’Ocean Viking had to place themselves in a state of emergency on Friday, a first.
“We are very happy ! We come from far away, Libya has been a hell and now finally we see the end. I can’t wait to tell my family that I am living”, said Rabiul, 27 years old, a native of Bangladesh, the country most represented on board.
On the ship, migrants dance, draw “Thanks Ocean Viking” on their t-shirt, jump into the arms of the crew members, SOS Mediterranean, which, a few days earlier, was under threat of aggression by a minority of them, who did not hesitate to jump overboard in a sign of desperation after more than a week of deadlock in the sea.