Survivors mourn dead in Italy shipwreck tragedy
LAMPEDUSA, Italy (AFP) - Survivors cried over the coffins of their loved ones on Saturday as Italy denied claims that rescue efforts were delayed in a shipwreck tragedy in which 300 African migrants are feared dead.
Rough seas around the island of Lampedusa have suspended the search, and controversy has erupted over conditions in which survivors as young as 11 were being housed in an overcrowded refugee centre.
Howls of anguish could be heard from inside a giant hangar at the local airport where the 111 bodies recovered so far were being kept as survivors still in shock paid their respects.
The brown wooden coffins inside were lined up in a row with a rose on each one, and teddy bears placed on the four white coffins of children. Officials say survivors want bodies repatriated to Eritrea, the country they were fleeing.