"Until a few hours ago, here at the Poliambulatorio, there were two other women who lost family members during the last shipwreck. They too were in shock. They were discharged and taken to the chaos of the hotspot, amidst waste and dirt" .
Sister Maria Ausilia tells it, while she is trying to get the 17-year-old Tunisian she is taking care of and who has lost two brothers out of the health facility in the Grecale district for a walk.
The nun who assists the castaways is originally from Cammarata, in the province of Agrigento and has been working in Lampedusa for three years.
"We ask the State - underlines Sister Maria Ausilia - that there is a real welcome. What is happening in these days I had never seen before. And from what we hear about what is happening in Tunisia, it will get worse and worse. And so let us intervene, let our institutional representatives make agreements with the Tunisian authorities, set up humanitarian channels, not embarking on dilapidated small boats, journeys paid dearly even at the risk of their lives".
"About ten days ago, a shoe shop in Lampedusa closed. We brought all the shoes ourselves, brand new and in their boxes, to the hotspot. And there were lots of children's shoes. It is true that the comings and goings of migrants has had exponential numbers, but have they already finished?".
This was said by Sister Maria Ausilia, a nun of the Salesian order, who for three years has been taking care of the migrants who land in Lampedusa, together with two other nuns, regarding the lack of shoes for the children - about fifty - who are found in the structure of the Imbriacola district.
"It is through the deputy mayor that we managed to make this charitable gesture and we left everything in front of the gate - continues the nun - Perhaps they are still there and have not been distributed due to inefficiency. We need hands and concrete aid from the state - he concludes Sr. Maria Ausilia - The State should stop wasting money because there is also a waste, this is evident".