Deaths at sea continue in the Mediterranean

In May 2016 alone, more than 1,080 people were reported missing or drowned as they attempted to make the dangerous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea towards Europe, according to the International Organization for Migration. The IFRC, its member National Societies and the ICRC continue to call for governments and institutions to ensure the protection of migrants and for all people to recognize their right to safety and dignity. Meanwhile Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers continued to help thousands of survivors on the sea’s northern and southern shores. In May, for example, Libyan Red Crescent volunteers provided food, blankets and vital health services to more than 200 people rescued near the port city of Zuwarah and they transferred survivors requiring medical attention to nearby hospitals. Libyan Red Crescent teams also retrieved bodies of those who had drowned, ensuring they were transported with respect and dignity before being buried. In one incident in early June, they retrieved 117 bodies. Photo: REUTERS/Ismail Zetouni


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