Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018

Eritrean migrant describes journey to Pope Francis


Lampedusa, July 8 - A young Eritrean migrant on
the island of Lampedusa who spoke with Pope Francis during the
pontiff's first official trip Monday explained the conditions
that drove him to make the dangerous journey by boat to Italy.
The man read a message in Tigrino, his native language,
while an interpreter translated simultaneously.
"It was a succinct but extremely effective description of
these kind of trips," Vatican Spokesman Father Federico Lombardi
"And it touched the pope, so much that he included it into
his homily during Mass".
The man, whose voice broke often with emotion, described
his journey that, like those of many, was plagued with dangers
including violence and hardship.
Once in Italy, he said, immigrants are electronically
fingerprinted and therefore are forced to stay in the country.
He asked that European Union countries help those in his

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