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ASTRAL
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Updated: 03/19/21
Location: SABRATHA
SAR zone, off the Libyan coast | 2016

The sea route that separates Libya from Italy is the most deadly in the Mediterranean for migrants. In 2016 alone, more than five thousand people lost their lives trying to cross those waters, according to the United Nations.

Thousands of people, mostly from sub-Saharan countries but also from Syria, Libya, Egypt, Bangladesh and Sudan, were forced to pay to climb aboard  overcrowded plastic or wooden precarious and small boats off the Libyan coasts: it was their only chance to reach the coasts of Europe.

When they embarked, they had already left behind a long journey that had taken them from their countries of origin to Libya. Kidnappings, torture, rape, imprisonment, death and murder of family members, friends or fellow travellers.

These images were taken during two different two-weeks rescue operations, in July and September, aboard the Astral: an old sail-boat designed for exploratory trips, which was subsequently used as a luxury and recreational vessel and finally converted into a rescue ship by the Spanish NGO Open Arms.

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