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(AFP) Migrant death ship to be shown at Venice art fair

Posted by: Semere Asmelash

Date: Wednesday, 08 May 2019

Migrant death ship to be shown at Venice art fair
The fishing vessel "Barca Nostra" (Our Ship) that sank on April 18, 2015. Photo: Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Migrant death ship to be shown at Venice art fair

8 May 2019
09:37 CEST+02:00
The remains of the worst-known Mediterranean migrant shipwreck, in which up to 900 people died, will be exhibited at the prestigious Venice Biennale art fair this week.
The blue and red fishing boat was carrying almost 1,000 people when it struck a Portuguese cargo ship that was coming to its aid off the coast of Libya during the night of April 18-19, 2015.

The boat sank quickly as the cargo ship's horrified crew raced to save those on board. Only 28 could be saved.

Swiss artist Christoph Buchel obtained permission from Italian authorities and a group that represents the victims to transport the hull to Venice as part of a project called "Barca Nostra" (Our Boat).

It will be shown in a shipyard by itself, without any explanation.

"It is a quiet site, sheltered from noise, an invitation to silence and meditation," said Paolo Baratta, the head of the Venice Biennale which opens on Saturday.

Italy spent around 10 million euros ($12 million) to raise the wreck from a depth of 370 metres (1,200 feet) and transport it to Sicily so the victims could be identified and given a proper burial.

A large rectangular opening was cut in the hull to allow rescue workers to complete the harrowing task of recovering hundreds of bodies, with dozens of medical examiners called in to examine the remains of 800-900 people.

Travel documents were found from Bangladesh, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Senegal, Somalia and Sudan, along with small packets of earth from some migrants homelands and a school report that a teenager had sewn into their clothes.

READ ALSO: Migrant disaster boat was 'packed like Auschwitz trains'

"It seems we are looking at the worst massacre ever seen in the Mediterranean," UNHCR spokeswoman Carlotta Sami said at the time.

The disaster provoked an emergency EU summit as Europe tried to control a migrant crisis that has presented the union with one of its biggest challenges ever.

The victims now lie in various Sicilian cemetaries, and it was decided to not destroy the boat but integrate it into a Sicilian "memory garden".

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Migrant death ship to be shown at Venice art fair - France 24

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Migrant death ship to be shown at Venice art fair | Daily Mail Online

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Migrant death ship to be shown at Venice art fair - The Local Italy



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