"This is not just a number
These are people.
The Mediterranean, a meeting point of cultures and civilisations, has now become an enormous mass grave for thousands of people without shelter who were seeking protection.
We do not know their names or their personal stories, but we do know how many they are. We would like to count them, so we can pay tribute to them and never forget them.
Barcelona will never cease its demand for a legal and safe passage to Europe and a change of course in asylum policies.
We are and will be a refuge city."
The Memorial "Som i serem ciutat refugi" (a city of refuge, now and always), Barceloneta beach, July 2016.
The counter of shame
The memorial 'Som i serem ciutat refugi', located at the Barceloneta beach, is an initiative by Barcelona City Council as part of its 'Barcelona, Refuge City' programme.
The memorial includes the same 'counter of shame' as this website. Currently, the figure shows the number of dead and missing in the Mediterranean so far in 2017, as calculated by the 'missing Migrants' project by the International Organization for Migration (OIM). The OIM compiles the figures using various sources: officials, NGOs, the media and interviews with survivors.
The counter built into the memorial 'Som i serem ciutat refugi' is to be updated periodically.