By Kate Barton
On April 15, a large vessel holding about 850 migrants capsized, leaving only 28 survivors. Previous to the catastrophe, an Italian coast guard was alerted of the boat and sent a Portuguese freighter, King Jacob, to help the ship. The captain of the migrant ship, Mohamed Ali Malek, upon seeing the King Jacob collided with it. In response to the collision, the migrants on board ran to the opposite side of the vessel, capsizing it.
The captain has been arrested in Italy on the suspicion of multiple homicide.
The migrants on board were fleeing persecution, war, and poverty Middle East and African regions.
Rachel Stewart, BHS junior, thinks that, “It is atrocious that people trying to find a better life cannot safely succeed.”