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"Our" Commander in Greece

the pride of Italy going to the rescue of migrants

As requested by Frontex, European agency for the coordination and patrolling of borders, the Italian Coastal Ward is keeping on rescuing migrants in the Greek seas - where it is at work with two motor patrol boat,  CP 322 and CP 292.

Just a few hours ago, not so far from the island of Samos, the crew of CP 322 took into safety 11 people, including 4 children. The patrol boat's commander is  Roberto Mangione, who on 6 March 2015 had born his witness at the Garden of the Righteous of Milan, seizing the occasion of the dedication of a tree and a stone to the women and men of the Coastal Ward who "risked their lives, each with great selflessness, from Lampedusa to all over the Italian coasts to save the castaways fleeing hunger and violence”.

The migrants rescued in Samos were on board of a small unit, which later sank. When the Italian Coastal Ward arrived, some of them had been in the water for some minutes already. The crew of the Italian Coastal Ward's motor patrol boat stepped in, enabling the rescue of all refugees. 

“Now I am in Greece to save lives in the name of Italy - Mangione wrote to us -, and I am honoured, proud and keen on serving the cause of rescue”.

Following is the video of the rescue:

4 February 2016


whoever saves a life saves the entire world

In Yad Vashem's Memorial, in Jerusalem, the Garden of the Righteous remembers those who tried to rescue the Jews in the Holocaust: those who hidd them, helped them expatriate with forged documents, nourished them or gave them a job; those who, seeing them suffer, helped them somehow instead of remaining indifferent.In Yerevan's Wall of Remembrance the memorial stones remember the rescuers of Armenians during the genocide of 1915, those who tried to stop the massacre, refused to obey orders, sheltered children, reported the extermination that was occurring beneath their hopeless eyes to the world's public opinion.
In 1994 in Rwanda, some Tutsies who were hunted by the interahamwe militias were protected by neighbours, friends - some times strangers, too - belonginf to the Hutu ethnic group, who refused participating in the "man hunt" with machetes that had been planned by other Hutus to exterminate the country's Tutsi minority.
While ethnic cleansing was ravaging Bosnia leading to the murder of thousands innocent victims some people trying to escape the massacre were helped in the same way by neighbours, school mates, friends, or strangers, who were members of other ethnic groups.
Still todate, in many places in the world, there are such rescuers who risk and sometimes lose their lives in the attempt of helping the victims, and become victims themselves. Other times they lose their jobs, wellbeing, social status or they are imprisoned, tortured, cast out. At any rate, even before starting their endeavours, they know they run a serious risk, but they prefer doing so rather than bearing the weigh of remorse for remaining indifferent for the rest of their lives. Everytime by their action they "save the entire world", as stands in the Talmud.


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