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TOPIC: 700 casualties

700 casualties 29 May 2016 22:01 #9984

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A story I've come across this week showed that At least 700 migrants may have died at sea this past week in the busiest week of migrant crossings from Libya towards Italy this year.The migrants — fleeing wars, oppression and poverty — often do not know how to swim and do not have life jackets. They pay hundreds or thousands of dollars to make the crossing from Libya to Italy, by far the most dangerous border passage for migrants in the world.Most of the boats this week appear to have left from Sabratha, Libya, where many said smugglers had beaten them and women said they had been raped, said MSF, which has three rescue boats in the area. The migrants are piled onto flimsy rubber boats or old fishing vessels which can toss their occupants into the sea in a matter of seconds. I don't know what to think of this other than that this is a tragedy and I hope the good are able to escape such situations.
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