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Winners for General News Stories: Dreaming Lampedusa

By Antonello Nusca (CHIPP.cn)

18:47, March 26, 2012

During the first three months of 2011, the island of Lampedusa, which is only 110 km away from Tunisia, saw its biggest arrival of immigrants from nearby North Africa. More than 20000 immigrants packed into fishing boats, made the perilous journey across 70 miles of open ocean to the southernmost Italian outpost. The continuing landing of migrants has created an emergency. The Italian authorities quickly reopened a transit center, packing migrants into prefabricated dorm rooms in a facility built for 850. Most of them were forced to sleep wherever they could as the immigration center was completely full. With nothing to do, the migrants walked the streets of Lampedusa's only town just waiting for transfer to other facilities on the mainland.

The 8th China International Press Photo Contest
General News Stories - Award of Excellence
Dreaming Lampedusa
A boat full of Tunisian immigrants during navigation to reach the Lampedusa island, Italy, March 7, 2011.

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General News Stories Winners
Gold Prize - Ivory Coast Unrest
Silver Prize - Floods and droughts in south China
Bronze Prize - Greece In Crisis
Award of Excellence - Displaced in Tunisia

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