“Charlie Papa” is the acronym given to Italian Coast Guards, the name used during radio communications between military boats and the Harbour Office. Closest to Lybia than to Italy, Lampedusa is a small Sicilian island with torquoise waters and beautiful beaches which, due to its geographical location, has become most notorious for clandestine immigration in Europe. The little island counts about 6,000 year round residents. But African migrants continue to arrive on its shores, almost incessantly. A third of the people arriving on Lampedusa by boat from Libya are women and children. Libya says that it cannot easily patrol its southern border without EU assistance, and that it does not have agreements with the sub Saharan countries from which many migrants come, making it impossible to return them to their countries of origin.