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Lampedusa boat to mark International Migrants Day

By Sarah Mac Donald - 18 December, 2013

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Two bishops, four MPs and a nun are set to sail past the British Houses of Parliament today in a tiny migrant boat to mark UN International Migrants Day.

The journey is an act of solidarity with the men, women and children who perish on dangerous journeys as they flee war and seek a better life.

The little boat previously sailed from North Africa to Italy and reached Lampedusa 18 months ago.

It was crammed with 36 passengers who had to be rescued by the Italian coast guard.

Since then it has been fixed up and made safe to sail again. The Thames Authority will not allow more than seven passengers and two crew members onboard.

The group which will be leaving  Westminster Pier at 12.45am consists of Bishop Jonathan Clark; Sister Margaret Baxter and Bishop John Arnold. 

In addition, Sarah Teather MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees; Keith Vaz MP, Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee; Simon Hughes MP, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats; and Rob Flello MP will also be onboard.

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Courtesy of Independent Catholic News: http://www.indcatholicnews.com

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