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2016 looks to be deadliest year in migration crisis

Saturday, August 20, 2016 - 01:18

Rescuers pluck hundreds of migrants from vessels off the Libyan coast, but for one young Somali man who died during the journey, their help came too late -- as 2016 starts to look like the deadliest year in the current migrant crisis. Diane Hodges reports.

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(boat) Rescuers from a Spanish aid organization pluck over 200 migrants from their dinghies in the Mediterranean. They were found floating adrift in several vessels off the Libyan coast. For one 19-year-old Somali man who died on the journey -- their help comes too late. The migrants are from Somalia, Libya, Bangladesh, Ghana... and other countries -- all of them, trying to reach Europe. They were transferred to an Italian navy ship for processing -- the latest in some 100,000 migrants to enter Italy via Libya this year. (nats port) In Sicily, the bodies of two young Syrian girls and four adults who drowned when THEIR boat capsized arrives at port, along with 300 migrants who were also rescued. Caroline Haga with the Red Cross describes one survivor's terrifying ordeal... SOUNDBITE) (English) EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS DELEGATE AT INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF RED CROSS AND RED CRESCENT SOCIETIES, CAROLINE HAGA, SAYING: "Everybody was thrown into the water. He had a family, he was holding his two children and his wife was trying to stay afloat." The International Organization for Migration says some 3,000 migrants and refugees have perished in the Mediterranean already this year That could make 2016 the deadliest year yet in the current migration crisis.

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2016 looks to be deadliest year in migration crisis

Saturday, August 20, 2016 - 01:18