In April 2015, a single shipwreck claimed the lives of over 800 people fleeing Libya. Only 28 survivors were found, with the exact death toll impossible to determine. 24 recovered bodies were brought to Malta and laid to rest in an unmarked plot at Addolorata Cemetery.

On Wednesday, Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna prayed over the grave at the cemetery. He also laid flowers together with members of NGOs.

Speaking to Newsbook.com.mt, he said, “Unfortunately, for these people, Malta was their final resting place, as they died in the Mediterranean. This is an occasion which reminds us that we need to continue showing our solidarity, while we work so all of Europe and the Mediterranean will be a place to welcome those in need. The Mediterranean must not become a cemetery for people looking for a better life.”

The Archbishop also thanked all those who work to save people in this situation, including the Armed Forces of Malta. He added that Malta needs the solidarity of Europe to continue to be a presence that helps and welcomes those who are in need.

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