UNHCR official accused of ‘victim blaming’ the mothers of missing refugees in the Mediterranean

The Civil Fleet

ACTIVISTS accused a United Nation’s refugee agency (UNHCR) official of “victim blaming” today after he took to social media to criticise the mothers of missing migrants and refugees.

In Tunisia today, human rights activists and civil society organisations took part in a commemorative protest, or “CommemorAction,” with relatives of the thousands of people that have gone missing or died in the Mediterranean Sea and at the edges of fortress Europe.

The CommemorAction, held today in the southeastern town of Zarzis, also marks 10 years since 130 people set sail from Sfax and shipwrecked off the coast of Italy. Only 56 of them were rescued.

In the morning, Maurice Stierl, a researcher at the Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies at Osnabruck University, shared a photograph of the protest and wrote: “The mothers of the disappeared lead the way, followed by the fishermen of Zarzis and activist supporters…

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