The casket of one of the migrants who died when the boat sank is carried on board a Italian Navy ship at the Lampedusa island harbor on October 12, 2013 [Amedeo Fragapane/AP]

Rome, Italy – Hatem Shabaan hopes justice is near. Six years ago, he lost his wife and two of his four children at sea.

They were on board a refugee boat that capsized near Italy in October 2013, after they had called for help for hours. Rescuers arrived late.

“I lost my family right before my eyes in the sea,” he says, fighting back tears.

The 38-year-old Syrian refugee now lives in Germany.

“No human being can bear this.”

At least 268 people died in the Lampedusa shipwreck, including 60 children.

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