This is a tragedy made worse by the fact that the incident hardly caused a stir among the Italian sunbathers. In fact, most of them just carried on enjoying themselves as the two dead children, aged 11 and 12, lay unattended for an hour.
A Mail Online article reported what an eyewitness said:
"The water was rough and no-one was in the sea but these four Roma children just rushed into the huge waves.The report also contained these disturbing pictures which is said to convey the often racist indifference that many Italians have toward the Roma in general.
The beach was packed and people soon realised the four were in trouble because the children started screaming and shouting for help.
Some people went in and got two of them but the other two couldn't be saved and they were pulled from the water dead.
There (sic) bodies were left on the beach for an hour before being collected, just covered by a beach towel while people just got back to sunbathing and playing football.
It was very surreal there was this picture of a typical Italian beach with families enjoying the sun and then just metres away were the bodies of these two children. People were completely indifferent about what had happened."
May Cristina Ibramovitc (12) and Viola Ibramovitc (11) rest in peace.
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Niteflyer provided this link to a comment by Liz Furke entitled Europe: Mobilising against 'Foreign Criminals'. Furke's comment covers anti-Roma sentiment, among others, and plans for deportations. A disturbing read that tells more about the attitude above.