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26 April 2015

The Italian Solution

"We're heading to Milan and then find another country maybe. Sweden or Netherlands, or Germany." - Mohammad, a Syrian refugee rescued by Italian Navy.

Few could imagine leaving home without any possessions and crossing treacherous seas together with hundreds of strangers - men, women, infants, children and elderly people - all crowded onto rubber dinghies. It’s hardly surprising that over 1750 people attempting exactly this, have perished in the Mediterranean Sea this year alone – a death toll 30 times higher than a year ago. Just this week as many as 700 people are feared dead after a fishing boat capsized off the Libyan coast overnight in possibly the worst disaster of this kind to-date. Thousands of migrants fleeing poverty, persecution, starvation, exploitation and war in Africa and the Middle-East, hope to reach Europe alive and start anew. Italy, though in recession, has spent around $13 million a month in heroic rescues of the so-called migranti at sea. But the Italians have drawn the ire of EU member nations reluctant to assist in these dramatic rescue efforts. Meanwhile, desperate people continue risk the Mediterranean’s dark waters with one hope: to be rescued before they succumb to what has seemingly become a massacre in the Mediterranean Sea.

Producer: ABC Australia

Alison Botha

Two decades ago, Alison Botha was abducted, raped, stabbed more than thirty times, almost decapitated and left for dead. Defying the odds, she survived. Her story has gripped the nation ever since. While Alison now faces the possibility of parole for her attackers - who were sentenced to life imprisonment - a sinister discovery has shed light on the activity of one of her attackers behind prison bars. Carte Blanche investigates.

Producer: Michael Duffett

Presenter: John Webb

Researcher: Laura Byrne

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