NEW YORK, DECEMBER 22 – The migrants keep coming to Italy, and the country is straining to keep up. “Italy is overwhelmed by the influx of migrants, but three citizens are making a difference in migrants’ lives, and even in their deaths”, the New York Times writes on Thursday in a poignant video-story featuring Pietro Bartolo, the doctor of the Sicilian Island of Lampedusa where the small hospital “has essentially become the trauma ward for the Mediterranean”, Andrea Costa, director of the informal Baobab migrant camp in Rome, and Cristina Cattaneo, a forensic pathologist from Milan attempting to give a name to the hundreds and thousands dead at sea: “I think these dead people and their families, they deserve the same treatment as other victims of mass disasters have,” Professor Cattaneo said. “And they have not had it.”
The European Union’s flailing response to the migrant crisis is driving political upheaval in Italy, where voters are taking a critical look at the country’s membership in the union: “Anti-European parties like the Five Star Movement and the Northern League led the opposition to a package of measures endorsed by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi that voters rejected in a referendum on Dec. 4, prompting Mr. Renzi to resign”, writes the Times: “Still, some Italians refuse to give up trying to help the migrants, seeing the humanity in their plight. These videos explore the overwhelmed Italian institutions, and the individuals fighting for the migrants”.
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