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As many as 900 migrants feared drowned in one week

Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 01:19

Aid agencies say anywhere from 700 to 900 migrants may have died at sea this week based on testimony from some of the 14,000 migrants who were rescued while making the perilous crossing from Libya towards Italy. Mana Rabiee reports.

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It's been a grim week for migrants hoping to reach Europe's shores. The UN refugee agency, as well as aid agency Medecins San Frontieres, say anywhere from 700 to 900 migrants may have died at sea this week. The numbers are based on testimony from survivors like these -- some 14,000 people in all, rescued in just one week while making the journey from Libya towards Italy, the single most dangerous border passage for migrants in the world. The stories relayed by the migrants who do make it to shore are an itemization of misery. Many say their smugglers beat them, the women say they were raped; some are more shaken than others because they've lost loved ones along the way; They're fleeing war and poverty -- this week's arrivals include Eritreans, Sudanese, Nigerians and other West Africans. Some of the rescued migrants report a single ship capsizing this week where more than 550 people may have perished -- many of them women and children. But Medicins Sans Frontieres says we may never really know the true number of dead, as Europe's migrant crisis continues seemingly unabated despite calm seas.

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As many as 900 migrants feared drowned in one week

Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 01:19