We are dismayed to learn that this morning a young Gambian man passed away at the “Umberto I” Hospital in Syracuse, at 10.30 a.m. The young man is rumoured to have reached Sicily on April 11, possibly docking in Augusta. While he was still on the pier, IOM operators immediately flagged the young Gambian as a vulnerable case, as he was showing clear medical problems related to his manifest blindness. Nonetheless, the young man was placed at the “Umberto I” Hospital in Syracuse, a First Reception Centre devoid of any defined legal status, or of personnel qualified for the reception of vulnerable subjects, let alone one qualified for the reception of individuals with serious health conditions.
The Borderline Sicilia Editorial Department
Translation: Angela Paradiso