According to the International Organization for Migration, up to 3,072 migrants died or disappeared in 2014 in the Mediterranean while trying to migrate to Europe. Overall estimates are that over 22,000 migrants died between 2000 and 2014.
In 2014, 283,532 migrants irregularly entered the European Union, mainly following the Central Mediterranean, Eastern Mediterranean and Western Balkan routes. 220,194 migrants crossed EU sea borders in the Central, Eastern and Western Mediterranean (a 266% increase compared to 2013). Half of them had come from Syria, Eritrea and Afghanistan.
In 2014, 170,100 migrants arrived in Italy by sea, a 296% increase compared to 2013. 141,484 of the travellers ferried from Libya. The migrants had come from Syria (42,323), Eritrea (34,329), Mali (9,908), Nigeria (9,000), Gambia (8,691), Somalia (5,756), and other areas (4,095). 64,625 applied for asylum.
Between 1 January and 3 March 2015, 7,882 migrants arrived in Italy by sea, a +40.5% increase compared to the same period in 2014. 7,257 of the travellers ferried from Libya. Most of them had come from the Horn of Africa (1,088 from Somalia, 817 from Eritrea), West Africa (969 from Gambia, 919 from Senegal, 725 from Mali, 463 from Nigeria, 282 from Ivory Coast, 173 from Guinea) and Syria (920).
As of 17 April, the total number of migrants reaching the Italian coasts is 21,191 since 1 January 2015, with a decrease during the month of March due to bad weather conditions, and a surge since 10 April, bringing the total number of arrivals in line with the number recorded in the same period in 2014. However, the death toll in the first four months of 2014 was 96, compared with 500 in the same period in 2015; this number excludes victims of the devastating shipwrecks on 13 and 19 April.
“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”
Just replace the Socialists, the Jews or the Trade Unionists with the immigrants!
A Goverment with the xenophobic racist True Finns? the country that champions human rights?
Good night Finland. The Dark Ages just began!
– Every 9 seconds in the US a woman is assaulted or beaten.
– Around the world, at least one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused during her lifetime. Most often, the abuser is a member of her own family.
– Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women—more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined.
– Studies suggest that up to 10 million children witness some form of domestic violence annually.
– Nearly 1 in 5 teenage girls who have been in a relationship said a boyfriend threatened violence or self-harm if presented with a breakup.
– Everyday in the US, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends.
– Ninety-two percent of women surveyed listed reducing domestic violence and sexual assault as their top concern.
– Domestic violence victims lose nearly 8 million days of paid work per year in the US alone—the equivalent of 32,000 full-time jobs.
– Based on reports from 10 countries, between 55 percent and 95 percent of women who had been physically abused by their partners had never contacted non-governmental organizations, shelters, or the police for help.
– Men who as children witnessed their parents’ domestic violence were twice as likely to abuse their own wives than sons of nonviolent parents.
How many really?
– There are an estimated 110 million active mines scattered in over 70 countries – in terms of people this translates as one for every 17 children or 52 humans in our world.
– A further 110 million have been stockpiled.
– 2,000 people are involved in landmine accidents every month – one victim every 20 minutes. Around 800 of these will die, the rest will be maimed.
– One deminer is killed and two are injured for every 5,000 mines cleared.
– About 100,000 mines are removed each year, but until recently 2 million more were being planted each year.
– At the current rate it would take 1,100 years to rid the world of mines. That’s assuming no new ones are laid.
– Angola, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Burma, Sudan, Eritrea, Cambodia, Iraq and …EU’s Finland among the countries with landmines
Even though the idea was to publish this thematic issue in the beginning of 2015, it took us three months to finalize it. Our aim in the beginning was to invite people who could represent a diverse spectrum of beliefs and spiritual ideas.
However, even though with some spiritual beliefs absent, I want to believe that we managed pretty well. Oddly we didn’t only managed to collect diverse article about spirituality but we also managed to have articles diverting spirituality. Which makes everything far more interesting.
I think the best way to see this diverting diversity is to see this special issue as a whole and not just the articles that attract your believes or your curiosity.
Then there are the pictures that accompany the articles and some that stand on their own. They also have stories to tell and to be honest I would like to add more, since I have the feeling that we often mixed spirituality with religion. But the same time as I mentioned before looking at the magazine as a whole you understand that it is not about religion but about spirituality.
From the beginning I had the feeling that this was a strange theme with a lot of semantics but looking at it finished the feeling that mission was accomplice, grew stronger inside me. You see Ovi’s aim was never to give answers but provoke questions. And I think we managed well.
A big thank you to the participants – members of the Ovi team or not – in the series their articles appear in the Ovi Thematic Issue:
Prof. Emanuel L. Paparella,