Activist group Moviment Graffiti announced a vigil on Friday to honour the late Loujin, a four-year-old asylum seeker who died out at sea due to thirst.
Taking place in front of Ta’ Liesse Church, overlooking the Grand Harbour, at 1830hrs, the protest is designed to ‘end the policies that dehumanise and brutalise the most vulnerable people’.
The group said that policies that deny the right to asylum, delay rescue and force people back to war zones and torturous detention camps need to end.
Above all, the ‘policies that kill a four-year-old girl at sea and other children’ need to end, said the group.
Loujin formed part of a group of migrants sailing from Lebanon to Italy to seek job opportunities. The boat ran into trouble and started sinking, with activist network Alarm Phone saying that the boat’s GPS signal showed it had reached Malta’s search and rescue zone.
Despite this and the warning of Loujin’s passing due to dehydration, Alarm Phone revealed the Maltese authorities did not respond to rescue. Eventually, the Greek coast guard intervened and taken to Crete.
This comes after Xarabank host Peppi Azzopardi proposed a statue in honour of Loujin, even presenting an artistic depiction as to what it would look like. The statue, he said, would sting at the Maltese public conscience.