Leoluca Orlando, the mayor of Palermo,  Sicily, points at a Palermo flag he has gifted the Alan Kurdi rescue ship. ‘I think what happens in Libya is a shame for the Italian government, it’s a shame for the European Union, it’s a shame for all European states.’ Photograph: Sally Hayden

As the Alan Kurdi rescue ship drew away from port in Palermo, Sicily, the city’s mayor waved a vigorous goodbye. “This is your home,” Leoluca Orlando (...)