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Thousands of migrants fleeing poverty and conflict in Africa and the Middle East make the dangerous journey by sea to reach Europe.
These migrants are hapless, helpless and homeless. Very often the bid for a better life ends in tragedy as the briny turns the grave for most of these migrants, after their boat sinks.
More than 1,100 migrants have died or are missing at sea after attempting to cross the Mediterranean this year.
In the latest incident, at least 12 people died on Saturday when a boat loaded with asylum-seekers sank in the Ionian Sea, the Greek coastguard said.
"So far 12 bodies have been recovered. The search and rescue operation continues," the coastguard said.
The boat, with around 50 people on board, took on water near the island of Paxi during an apparent attempt to reach Italy.
Overall, just over half of the deaths this year — 259 — were caused by drowning, such as through shipwrecks in the Caribbean or failed river crossings. About 65 were from highway crashes, and around 20 each on railroad routes, from dehydration or exposure, violence including homicide, and sickness or lack of medical care.
Migrants are humans too. Fleeing poverty, conflict and persecution, they risk their lives looking for safer shores. Many of them have lost their lives while doing so, but the world does not seem to bother.
More Vietnamese citizens are feared among 39 people found dead in a refrigerated truck in Britain this week, families and community organisers said on Saturday, after the tragedy laid bare the risks of illegal migrant routes to Europe.
If the place you stay in becomes toxic, what will your next step be? No option there, but to move out and hunt for a safer abode. That is the case with people who knock at the borders
The Ministry of Health and Prevention, MoHAP, on Saturday said it carried out 77,640 additional COVID-19 tests in the country over the last 24 hours, using the latest testing methods.
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Winner of Sharjah International Award for Refugee Advocacy and Support will be announced on World Humanitarian Day (August 19), at a live streaming ceremony on The Big Heart Foundation's social media platforms
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