More Than 800 Dead In Mediterranean Migrant Tragedy

April 21, 2015 8:42 PM

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We've been reporting this week on the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean. Nearly 2,000 people have drowned this year trying to get to Europe from Africa. Italian prosecutors today detained the captain and a crew member of a ship that capsized over the weekend, killing hundreds of migrants. The men were among 28 people who survived the sinking. They arrived at the Italian port city of Catania last night. NPR's Sylvia Poggioli is in Catania. That's in Sicily. And she joins us. Sylvia, these two men who've been arrested - who are they, and what have they been charged with?

SYLVIA POGGIOLI, BYLINE: Well, prosecutors here said that the 27-year-old Tunisian captain and his 25-year-old Syrian first mate were arrested on suspicion of multiple homicide, people smuggling and causing the shipwreck. Survivors told investigators that the capsizing of the ship was caused both by...

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