This is Sudanese poet Abdel Wahab Yousif. He was one of 45 people who drowned in the Mediterranean a few days ago when their ship was shot at by a group of men and caught fire. Authorities from Libya, Malta and Italy were all called but no one came to their rescue.
His was one of 4 shipwrecks off the Libyan coast in 4 days. One of four that the the Libyan Coast Guard, subsidised by the UK, failed to help. People are imprisoned, abused & enslaved in Libya, and yet the EU has a policy to ‘push back’ to Libya refugees who are found at sea.
One survivor, saved by fishermen, said: "The Europeans let people drown & take them to Libya because it is easy for them. I can’t believe it. I can’t believe what happened to us. We drowned & there was fire everywhere! Nobody came! Some ship could have saved us! But no one came."
As these numbers pile up so quickly, we risk forgetting that bodies that wash ashore on a daily basis in the Mediterranean belong to real people. People with stories, hopes and dreams. Abdel, a well known young poet in Sudan, was one of them.

May he rest in peace.
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