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  • bob_denard
    Senior Member
    • Apr 2015
    • 1534

    Migrant children test Europe as Mediterranean crisis worsens

    Migrant children test Europe as Mediterranean crisis worsens

    CALTAGIRONE, Italy (Reuters) - Sixteen-year-old orphan Ishmael Bangura fled Sierra Leone in July when the Ebola virus killed eight members of his household.

    On his way to Italy from Libya months later, his boat capsized. He survived by clinging to a rope lowered from a rescue vessel while dozens drowned in the sea below him.

    Today Bangura is living in a shelter on this Sicilian hilltop town. He is part of a growing army of parentless child migrants that are washing up on Europe's shores, giving the continent's immigration crisis a tragic new face.

    "I'm happy to be alive," said the soft-spoken Bangura on a recent morning as he sat in the shelter's front yard.

    The number of migrants reaching Italy by sea this year is set to top last year's record of 170,000, the International Organization for Migration said. In the past week alone 10,000 have arrived. Another 400 people drowned before making it to Italy's shores, survivors said.

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