Infants floating dead in the water – Horrific experiences on the crossing from Libya

The number of migrants attempting the journey from Libya to Europe has gone down since last year, but the proportion of those who die on the way has risen.

One person died or went missing for every 18 people who crossed via the central Mediterranean route between January and July 2018, compared to one in 42 people in the same period in 2017, according to the UN refugee agency, UNHCR.

Aid agencies and other non-governmental organisations operating search and rescue ships face increased restrictions. On Monday the last private vessel working in the area had its registration revoked.

The EU-backed Libyan Coastguard still carries out rescues. But migrants are then held in detention centres, which rights groups have criticised as overcrowded and squalid.

Warning: Video contains upsetting scenes. 

Reporter: Clive Myrie Camera/Editor: Rob Magee Producer: Nick Springate


First Published 26.09.18:

Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required

Please select all the ways you would like to hear from Keep the Faith:

You can change your mind at any time by clicking the 'update preferences' link in the footer of our emails. For information about our privacy practices, please visit our website.

We use MailChimp as our marketing platform. By clicking below to subscribe, you acknowledge that your information will be transferred to MailChimp for processing. Learn more about MailChimp's privacy practices here.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *