Hundreds of minors drown enroute to Europe

Lybia minorsFrom AHMED ZAYED in Tripoli, Libya
TRIPOLI, (CAJ News) – NO less than 600 child migrants have drowned while attempting to cross the Mediterranean to Europe.

This is half the number of children that have perished or reported missing during crisis since the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) began collecting data in 2014 through the Missing Migrants Project.

The real figure is feared likely to be much higher, given that approximately 12,5 percent of all migrants are under the age of 18, and the number of children migrating around the world has been increasing in recent years.

Frank Laczko, Director of IOM’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre,said, “We are aware that there are a growing number of children on the move, and that many of these children face significant risks during their journeys.”

Julia Black, Coordinator of the Missing Migrants Project, said the number of children who die during migration was much higher than known.

“Obtaining better data could help to reduce such tragedies in the future,as well as help families to identify their loved ones,” Black said.

Migrants, mostly from Africa, use Libya as an entry to Europe.

The journey is by boat via the Mediterranean Sea.

The North African country is plagued by violence and insecurity, with no unified government and several armed groups.
– CAJ News

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