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OCT 12, 2013 - San Francisco Chronicle

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Migrant tragedies sharpen calls for safe passage

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Three deadly Mediterranean shipwrecks that claimed the lives of hundreds of would-be asylum-seekers fleeing war and repression sharpened calls Saturday for humanitarian corridors to allow safe passage to Europe. U.N. Secretary General Ban-Ki-moon called for action to prevent future tragedies "that places the vulnerability and human rights of migrants at the center," while Pope Francis lamented that "too often we are blinded by our comfortable lives, and refuse to see those dying at our doorstep." A joint Italian-Malta operation rescued nearly 200 people after the ... Read More

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