On the Mediterranean, refugees are still fleeing the legacy of last century’s wars
Last New Year’s Eve a boat landed at Gallipoli carrying around 700 people. It went unnoticed by most of the world. It certainly went unnoticed in Australia, where a different kind of Gallipoli is being commemorated.
The Gallipoli of New Year’s Eve was a port town in the province of Lecce in Italy, at the heel of that nation. The 700 passengers were Syrian and Kurdish. As an ironic footnote, the vessel – optimistically called Blue Sky – had left with its payload of refugees from Turkey.