Xarabank host Peppi Azzopardi has called upon the relevant authorities to build a monument for Loujin, a four-yer-old migrant who died of thirst out at sea after being stranded for four days in a Maltese rescue zone.
Peppi revealed that he asked a friend of his, the artist Ġorġ Mallia, to create a depiction of the monument to be proposed. ‘This will be a monument which will continue to sting the Maltese nation’s conscience’ said Peppi.
Loujin sadly died after being stranded off the coast of Malta. Her last reported words were: ‘Mum, I’m thirsty.’
The tragic loss prompted many, including president Emeritus Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, to speak out about the disregard for human life that occurs when it comes to immigrants crossing the Mediterranean in search for refuge.
The former president said that she is immensely troubled that Malta’s name is on the list of countries who let such a young girl die so brutally. ‘Why has life lost its value in such a way? Why’ she asked.
This proposal by Peppi Azzopardi also comes at a moment when a petition was started to erect a statue for the late Queen Elizabeth II. The Xarabank host spoke about the issue in a video, depicting the irony of the situation wherein a monarch of a foreign country is grieved for whilst a four-year-old migrant right off our shores is left to die.