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Friday, 23 May 2008
TWO ALGERIANS IN A CRITICAL STATE IN HOSPITAL
This afternoon two Algerians who have been out on hunger-stike in Melilla were admitted to the hospital in a serious state.
The first of them threw himself into the sea in what appeared to be a suicide attempt. The young man had spent three days saying he wanted to die. He spent the entire previous night crying, and at mid-day he threw himself into the sea in a rocky area; he didn’t know how to swim. Thanks to a phone call from some fishermen and the rapid arrival of the Guardia Civil he was saved. He was in a critical state, and according to sources at the hospital, he expelled two litres of water from his lungs.
The second had a minimal level of blood sugar and a malfunctioning heart. He had to be transferred to the hospital in a mobile ICU; two ambulances and more than four people had to attend to him on the ground.
The migrants, despite their precarious state of health, have declared that they will continue with the strike until their situation is solved. They state firmly that they will continue with the strike even if it means dying, because their aim is to leave Melilla once and for all – Melilla, the jail-city, where many of them have had to stay as prisoners for what is now almost three years.