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World The central Mediterranean, a tomb of a thousand migrants since the beginning of the year

21:27  27 july  2021
21:27  27 july  2021 Source:   leparisien.fr

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The death Monday of at least 57 people off Libya This week is about 970 The number of dead migrants dead in the central Mediterranean since the beginning of the year, announced Tuesday the International Organization for Migration Tuesday. (IOM).

Among the victims of this new drama are twenty women and two young children. The boat had left Sunday the Libyan city of Khoms, about 120 km east of the capital tripoli, before meeting technical problems and to ship. "Local fishermen and Libyan coast guards have rescued 18 people," the IOM spokesman, Paul Dillon said.

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They had left Nigeria, Ghana or Gambia

"the survivors indicated to our teams, which regularly respond to these heartbreaking scenes, at least 57 people were missing." According to the spokesman, IOM teams provided medical assistance, water and food to survivors, who come from Nigeria, Ghana and Gambia. "This drama is about 970 men, women and children the number of deaths on the central Mediterranean road in 2021," he said.


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This sea holds the sad record of the greatest number of migrant deaths: since early January 1113 people perished in its FLOTS. To date, more than 2020 migrants died around the world this year.

Adopt a new

approach IOM has reported an increase in departures from migrants, interceptions and arrivals in the central Mediterranean this year. "By advocating for better migration management practices, better governance of migration and greater solidarity on the part of the EU Member States, we can reach a clearer, safe and human approach to this issue. Start by saving lives at sea, "said the spokesperson.

He estimated "the time coming" to adopt a new approach that would be decided by the States. Paul Dillon said not to know whether the survivors had been taken to detention centers in Libya, where are regularly placed migrants who return to the country.

Despite persistent insecurity, Libya remains an important point of passage for tens of thousands of migrants seeking every year to gain Europe by the Italian coast, some 300 km from the Libyan coast. NGOs and UN agencies regularly denounce the removal in Libya of migrants intercepted at sea and the deplorable conditions in the centers of detention.

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