Italian president applauds refugee-rescue citizens in Sicily

Locals swam out to help boat of Syrians

Italian president applauds refugee-rescue citizens in Sicily

Rome, August 16 - Italian President Giorgio Napolitano on Friday praised residents of Pachino in Sicily who swam out to sea to help Syrian refugees reach the beach safely. "The images aired yesterday by television channels of dozens of swimmers that from the beach pushed out generously to assist refugees coming from Syria, many of which were children, to reach the shore and safety, do Italy proud", Napolitano said. This shows how "when faced by tragedy, which is experienced on a daily basis on (stepping-stone island of) Lampedusa and elsewhere with arrivals of those escaping from wars and persecutions, a sense of humanity and solidarity prevails in Italians, stronger than any sense of prejudice of fear", he added.

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