“I’ve lost my baby. I’ve lost my baby.” They are the desperate cries of a mother who lost this Wednesday to her baby six months in a shipwreck in the Mediterranean. The images, shared by the NGO Proactiva Open Arms, starkly show the horror of the migratory drama that continues to occur daily in the Mediterranean Sea.
The patera, in which some 100 people, remained abandoned at sea for about a week awaiting permission from the Italian authorities to disembark. The floor of the boat, very precarious, did not resist and caused horror. Exhausted, frozen, and scattered around where his patera had been floating shortly before, many of the migrants, including children and babies, they could be rescued.
That was not the luck of Joseph, a six-month-old baby, and five other people. Despite the efforts of the medical team aboard the ship of Open Arms, the little one, who was rescued still alive but in cardiorespiratory arrest, he did not resist and died before his urgent evacuation from the ship.
Listen to the sound of the shipwreck we lived through yesterday.
The desperate cry of a mother in search of her 6-month-old baby, amid the chaos.
We recovered him from the sea in respiratory arrest, he went back, but hours later his small body did not resist.
She is the mother of Joseph pic.twitter.com/mYzXLq1jxi
— Open Arms (@openarms_fund) November 12, 2020
Night evacuation in the Mediterranean
The Spanish ship Open Arms now sails in the central Mediterranean with 259 migrants on board after the latest rescues and the rescue of the other people from the wreck.
During the night, two other women were evacuated by helicopter to Italy, one of them pregnant, and one of the children, as well as one of the young people who had to be resuscitated after the shipwreck, NGO sources explain.
He was also taken to Italy, along with his mother, the body of Joseph, the six-month-old baby from Guinea Conakri, who died of a cardiac arrest after they had managed to revive him after the shipwreck.
The NGO workers had to put aside their pain and fatigue to attend another boat with 64 people a few hours later.