Hundreds of Tunisians who departed Tunisia for Lampedusa by sea in early 2011 remain missing. Some of the missing almost certainly died at sea, but family members remain hopeful that others survived the voyage and are now in Italy or elsewhere in Europe. Earlier this week dozens of mothers of the missing demonstrated outside the Tunisian Ministry of Foreign Affairs during a visit by an Italian parliamentary delegation led by Margherita Boniver. The mothers have been holding daily demonstrations calling for assistance from Tunisian and Italian authorities. The two governments have been asked to cross check fingerprint information. Tunisia collects fingerprint information for national identity cards and Italian authorities have collected fingerprint information from arriving migrants. There is speculation that some of the migrants may have used false names upon reaching Italy and as a result are more difficult to locate.
Click here for Facebook Page dedicated to finding missing Tunisians.
Click here for Storie Migranti Petition for missing Tunisian migrants / Appello per i migranti tunisini disperse / نداء من أجل التونسيين المهاجرين المفقودين / Appel pour les migrants tunisiens disparus.