<m2m-eng> We will not forget
Jo van der Spek
jo at xs4all.nl
Thu Aug 23 21:50:17 CEST 2012
A Somali Olympic athlete has reportedly drowned while attempting to
reach Europe on a migrant boat.
Runner Samia Yusuf Omar was trying to cross from Libya to Italy in
April when the boat she was travelling in sank, according to Italian
"Samia died in an incident when the Italian navy approached them when
they ran out of petrol, and they asked for help, so the Italian ship
threw some ropes over the side for them to catch and swim to the navy
ship, but unfortunately she was one of seven people - six women and
one man - who died trying to get on to the Italian ship by the
ropes," she said.
Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera says Samia's fate only came to
light when former Somali Olympic athlete Abdi Bile brought it up at a
He mentioned Mo Farah, the Somali runner who moved to the United
Kingdom aged 12 and triumphed in this year's Olympics.
"We are happy for Mo - he is our pride," he said. "But we will not
Meanwhile, Somali refugees in the netherlands, together with Iraqi's
Irani's and many others continue their stgruggle. Every week they
protest somewhere against the way they are denied an existence.
M2M supports the struggle in various ways.
On Sunday 26 we are present at the Fullcolourfestival in Emmen.
On Saturday 1 September we hold a work conference in Arnhem to learn
from the camp in ter Apel.
You can help M2M to support the movement of refugees-on-the-street.
Show hospitality to refugees.
Confront your favorite politicians.
Make a donation on banknr. 39.02.71.918 St. M2M, Amsterdam
look with us, not at us
cheers Jo van der Spek
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