The Deadly Journey From Libya’s Migrant Jails

Desperate to escape conflict and poverty, thousands of migrants and refugees attempt the perilous journey to Europe each year, with many crossing the Mediterranean Sea from North Africa in rubber dinghies and wooden boats.

In the wake of the decommissioning of Mare Nostrum, a search and rescue operation run by Italy, the humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), launched their own vessel, named the Bourbon Argos, to find those stranded at sea and save those in trouble on one of the deadliest routes to Europe.

On board the vessel, refugees and migrants are provided with medical aid, food, and shelter, then brought safely to Italian shores. Having survived life in Libya, ruthless treatment by smugglers, and horrific conditions aboard flimsy boats, once aboard the Bourbon Argos they face yet more uncertainty as they approach Europe.

VICE News teamed up with MSF to document these missions in the Mediterranean. In this extra scene, we speak with rescued refugees and migrants, where they describe the situation in Libya before embarking on one of the deadliest routes to Europe.

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Surviving One of the Deadliest Routes to Europe: Refugees at Sea

Desperate to escape conflict and poverty, thousands of migrants and refugees attempt the perilous journey to Europe each year, with many crossing the Mediterranean Sea from North Africa in rubber dinghies and wooden boats.

In the wake of the decommissioning of Mare Nostrum, a search and rescue operation run by Italy, the humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), launched their own vessel, named the Bourbon Argos, to find those stranded at sea and save those in trouble on one of the deadliest routes to Europe.

On board the vessel, refugees and migrants are provided with medical aid, food, and shelter, then brought safely to Italian shores. Having survived life in Libya, ruthless treatment by smugglers, and horrific conditions aboard flimsy boats, once aboard the Bourbon Argos they face yet more uncertainty as they approach Europe.

VICE News teamed up with MSF to document these search and rescue missions in the Mediterranean and speak to rescued refugees and migrants, hearing about the suffering they have endured in their attempts to reach a new life.

Watch “My Escape From Syria: Europe or Die” – http://bit.ly/1LiVIJk

Read “Wet, Sick, and Stuck: Thousands of Children Are Facing Deteriorating Conditions on Europe’s Borders” – http://bit.ly/1pzpdCu

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Lifeline: Refugees at Sea (Trailer)

Desperate to escape conflict and poverty, thousands of migrants and refugees attempt the perilous journey to Europe each year, with many crossing the Mediterranean Sea from North Africa in rubber dinghies and wooden boats.

In the wake of the decommissioning of Mare Nostrum, a search and rescue operation run by Italy, the humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), launched their own vessel, named the Bourbon Argos, to find those stranded at sea and save those in trouble on one of the deadliest routes to Europe.

On board the vessel, refugees and migrants are provided with medical aid, food, and shelter, then brought safely to Italian shores. Having survived life in Libya, ruthless treatment by smugglers, and horrific conditions aboard flimsy boats, once aboard the Bourbon Argos they face yet more uncertainty as they approach Europe.

VICE News teamed up with MSF to document these search and rescue missions in the Mediterranean and speak to rescued refugees and migrants, hearing about the suffering they have endured in their attempts to reach a new life.

Watch “Libya’s Migrant Trade: Europe or Die (Full Length)” – http://bit.ly/1V943t1

Read “Thousands of Refugees Are Trapped in a Greek Mudbath as EU Edges Towards Controversial Deal” – http://bit.ly/21kQggK

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – November 21, 2014

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines.​ Today: Italy rescues migrants off the coast of Sicily, Colombian police search for father of girl forced to swallow more than 100 capsules of cocaine for transport to Europe, Iraqi tribesmen trained to fight off the Islamic State in Anbar province, and construction of controversial canal project to begin in Nicaragua around Christmas.

ITALY (Fortress Italia)
Migrant Rescues Ongoing in Coastal Waters
The coast guard continues to save hundreds in the Mediterranean despite the halt of its Mare Nostrum mission last month.

COLOMBIA
Girl Forced to Act as Drug Mule in Critical Condition
Police are offering nearly $11,000 for the capture of the girl’s father, who they believe planned to send his young daughter to Europe carrying up to 600 grams of cocaine.

IRAQ
Tribesmen Trained to Battle the Islamic State
Thousands of members of Sunni tribes want to protect Anbar province from falling to the group.

NICARAGUA
Chinese-Run Canal Project to Begin Construction Next Month
Activists and scientists are warning the canal will have a devastating impact on the environment.

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Capsized in Lampedusa: Fortress Italia (Part 1/4)

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On October 3, 2013, over 360 migrants drowned in the Mediterranean Sea after their boat capsized near the island of Lampedusa. The geographical proximity of Lampedusa to the north coast of Africa has caused it to become one of Europe’s gateways for migrants, who each week arrive in Italy by sea in droves.

The majority of the migrants are fleeing war in Syria and Eritrea’s repressive regime in search of a better life. But unscrupulous traffickers and unsafe vessels often lead to many not surviving the journey. And under current European immigration laws, those who succeed in reaching Italian shores often end up stuck there.

In the first half of 2014, over 63,000 migrants arrived at Italy’s shores. Of those attempting to make the deadly journey to Europe, over 3,000 migrants have drowned trying to cross the Mediterranean, according to the International Organization for Migration. Following the October 2013 tragedy, and amid pressure from the international community, Italy vowed to put some measures in place to help control the problem, and save lives.

VICE News headed to Lampedusa one year after the disaster to find out how Italy’s new sea rescue mission, Mare-Nostrum, along with regulations such as the Dublin Treaty, are affecting the influx of migrants.

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Read: Thousands of Eritreans Face Torture and Death as They Flee Despotic Rule – http://bit.ly/1nYERFJ

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