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"Madam President, Commissioner, on my initiative, between 13 July 2011 and 16 July 2011 a delegation from the European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs went to Tunisia, specifically to the refugee camps on its border with Libya and the camp at Sousse. There are 4 500 people from Darfur, Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Côte d’Ivoire, Palestine and Iraq living in inhumane conditions and suffering an extreme temperature of 50 degrees centigrade. There is sickness and violence; the camp has burned down three times; and there is a lack of hygiene and drinking water. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and other organisations are doing a tremendous job. Tunisia has shown solidarity with displaced persons and refugees from Libya. Tunisians have welcomed 90 000 Libyans into their own homes. However, beyond this emergency nobody is taking care of those in Sousse. There is a major difference between the Europe that donates and the Europe that does not receive. Our solidarity extends to other countries, but we do not show solidarity within our borders. We now need to make an impassioned plea for resettlement, so that the 4 000 refugees can be received on European soil. This is neither complicated nor expensive. There has been a show of commitment, as the Commissioner said, but there needs to be something more than good will and statements of intent. We urgently need to resettle those groups who are suffering so much hardship in Sousse and who, in Europe, could find hope for their shattered lives. Many times and in desperate voices they asked Europe not to abandon them. Others told us their child had lost 10 kilos and was malnourished and in need of medical attention, but they had nowhere to go. Resettlement offers have so far totalled – or would total, if they were carried out – 718, but that still leaves 3 707 people. Madam President, I strongly call on the Council and the Commission to show commitment in order to end this serious humanitarian crisis as soon as possible."@en1

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