Over the last few weeks, some six thousand (yes, 6,000) refugees have arrived in Sicily and on the nearby islands on ships and small boats. Many have died attempting to reach Sicily. In at least one case, a mother in a boat that was sinking had to decide which of her young children to save.
The Italian government claims to lack the funds to assist them, yet tens of millions of euros disappear into the pockets of our nation's corrupt politicians each week.
For now, there is no simple solution to the problem. The refugees arrive from various parts of Africa - some make their way to Tunisia from sub-Saharan regions - where mere survival is a daily challenge.
Our editors can do little more than make the problem known, and express our difference of opinion, indeed our disgust, with those who publish sites dedicated to Sicilian travel (villa rentals and tours) who, in their own selfish interest, conveniently - and not very humanely - pretend that the problem doesn't exist.
One imagines that such people have never had to choose the life of one child over another.