Hello everyone, it is clearly noticeable that all three of us have been quiet caught up in our personal lives that we haven’t gotten a chance to update FYE. We do apologize for that.
But just to get the ball rolling, for those of who have heard or have not heard, on Thursday, October 3rd, 2013. A boat with roughly 500 migrants, mostly with people from Eritrea and few from Ethiopia were on their way to an Island called Lampedusa, Italy. They started their journey from Libya. There are various stories as to how/why the boat caught on fire, but the boat did catch on fire and capsized. Out of the 500 on that boat, 155 people survived that tragic event. With more up to date articles, the death toll from Thursdays accident has reached up to over 300 people.
We would all like to say that we mourn for our brothers & sisters who passed away in such a horrific way. People go to extreme measures for a better life. However, to have a boat of about 500 on-board and have more than half of them pass away through extreme measures is extremely painful to hear. Those of us who were lucky enough to have our parents come to the States, to Europe, or etc don’t really understand how lucky we have it compared to our other brothers and sisters back home. Times like these gives us a chance to reflect on our parents struggles of coming here during a war or other means and be given a roof over our head, clothes on our backs, and food on our plates. Men, women, and some children were on that boat on that Thursday, their last few days, weeks maybe were spent on the Mediterranean Sea hoping they would reach Lampedusa but for over 300 people did not make it. Ages of those who died range from as young as infants to people in their 40’s.
Here at FYE, we pray for those of our followers, friends, family, etc who have personally been affected by this tragic event. May those who have passed finally rest in peace. Mengetsi semai’yat ye’waresom deki ade’na. Tse’nat habkum kea ne’tiyom hazinom ze’loyu.