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Rescue workers save over 400 migrants at Lampedusa

Catholic World News - May 01, 2014

More than 400 migrants were rescued in the Mediterranean Sea and brought to the Italian island of Lampedusa on April 30, Vatican Radio reports.

The migrants brought to Lampedusa were mostly from Africa and from Syria, and the group of those rescued by Italian naval forces included 83 children and at least 10 babies.

The Knights of Malta have established a presence in Lampedusa, the island visited by Pope Francis to dramatize the plight of migrants. Albrecht von Boeselager, the Grand Hospitaller of the order, told Vatican Radio that the Knights of Malta have been working to bring relief both to the migrants and the countries from which they are coming. He spoke particularly of the group’s relief efforts in Mali, a country facing severe food shortages, and with refugees leaving Syria to escape the civil war there.

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