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Plucked from the Mediterranean

Migrants onboard a drifting overcrowded wooden boat react during a rescue operation by the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms, north of the Libyan city of Sabratha in the central Mediterranean Sea, March 29, 2017. The Golfo Azzurro, a humanitarian vessel, rescued about 400 migrants - mainly from Morocco, Algeria, Libya, Gambia and Bangladesh - including 16 women and two children.

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Migrants onboard a drifting overcrowded wooden boat react during a rescue operation by the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms, north of the Libyan city of Sabratha in the central Mediterranean Sea, March 29, 2017. The Golfo Azzurro, a humanitarian...more

Migrants onboard a drifting overcrowded wooden boat react during a rescue operation by the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms, north of the Libyan city of Sabratha in the central Mediterranean Sea, March 29, 2017. The Golfo Azzurro, a humanitarian vessel, rescued about 400 migrants - mainly from Morocco, Algeria, Libya, Gambia and Bangladesh - including 16 women and two children. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms rescuers help migrants during a search and rescue operation. They were found drifting in a wooden boat without power about 16 kilometres (10 miles) off the coast of Sabratha, the most frequently used departure point currently used by people smugglers in Libya, and will now be transported to Sicily.

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Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms rescuers help migrants during a search and rescue operation. They were found drifting in a wooden boat without power about 16 kilometres (10 miles) off the coast of Sabratha, the most frequently used departure point...more

Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms rescuers help migrants during a search and rescue operation. They were found drifting in a wooden boat without power about 16 kilometres (10 miles) off the coast of Sabratha, the most frequently used departure point currently used by people smugglers in Libya, and will now be transported to Sicily. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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Migrants onboard a drifting overcrowded wooden boat react during a rescue operation. "The migrants kissed and hugged their rescuers and sang songs" after they were brought to safety, said Reuters photographer Yannis Behrakis, who is onboard the Golfo Azzurro.

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Migrants onboard a drifting overcrowded wooden boat react during a rescue operation. "The migrants kissed and hugged their rescuers and sang songs" after they were brought to safety, said Reuters photographer Yannis Behrakis, who is onboard the Golfo...more

Migrants onboard a drifting overcrowded wooden boat react during a rescue operation. "The migrants kissed and hugged their rescuers and sang songs" after they were brought to safety, said Reuters photographer Yannis Behrakis, who is onboard the Golfo Azzurro. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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Kalifa Kujabi, 17, from Gambia, is helped by Proactive Open Arms rescuer to board a RHIB during a search and rescue operation north. "My brother back home convinced me to make the trip," said Kalifa, 17, after the rescue. He said he played for Gambia's soccer academy and paid $600 for the passage. "My brother said that I can only have a future as a soccer player in Europe."

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Kalifa Kujabi, 17, from Gambia, is helped by Proactive Open Arms rescuer to board a RHIB during a search and rescue operation north. "My brother back home convinced me to make the trip," said Kalifa, 17, after the rescue. He said he played for...more

Kalifa Kujabi, 17, from Gambia, is helped by Proactive Open Arms rescuer to board a RHIB during a search and rescue operation north. "My brother back home convinced me to make the trip," said Kalifa, 17, after the rescue. He said he played for Gambia's soccer academy and paid $600 for the passage. "My brother said that I can only have a future as a soccer player in Europe." REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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Migrants are seen onboard a drifting overcrowded wooden boat. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Migrants are seen onboard a drifting overcrowded wooden boat. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Migrants are seen onboard a drifting overcrowded wooden boat. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms rescuers ferry migrants in their RHIB. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms rescuers ferry migrants in their RHIB. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms rescuers ferry migrants in their RHIB. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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A search and rescue Spanish air force aircraft flies overhead an overcrowded wooden vessel drifting in central Mediterranean Sea off the Libyan coast. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

A search and rescue Spanish air force aircraft flies overhead an overcrowded wooden vessel drifting in central Mediterranean Sea off the Libyan coast. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

A search and rescue Spanish air force aircraft flies overhead an overcrowded wooden vessel drifting in central Mediterranean Sea off the Libyan coast. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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A migrant onboard a drifting overcrowded wooden boat reacts during a rescue operation. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

A migrant onboard a drifting overcrowded wooden boat reacts during a rescue operation. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

A migrant onboard a drifting overcrowded wooden boat reacts during a rescue operation. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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Migrants overcrowd a wooden vessel during a rescue operation. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Migrants overcrowd a wooden vessel during a rescue operation. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Migrants overcrowd a wooden vessel during a rescue operation. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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Migrants onboard a drifting overcrowded wooden boat react during a rescue operation. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Migrants onboard a drifting overcrowded wooden boat react during a rescue operation. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Migrants onboard a drifting overcrowded wooden boat react during a rescue operation. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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Migrants overcrowding a wooden vessel call for help to rescuers from the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Migrants overcrowding a wooden vessel call for help to rescuers from the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Migrants overcrowding a wooden vessel call for help to rescuers from the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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Over 400 migrants are seen overcrowding a wooden vessel drifting in the central Mediterranean Sea. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Over 400 migrants are seen overcrowding a wooden vessel drifting in the central Mediterranean Sea. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Over 400 migrants are seen overcrowding a wooden vessel drifting in the central Mediterranean Sea. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms rescuers help a migrant to board their RHIB. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms rescuers help a migrant to board their RHIB. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms rescuers help a migrant to board their RHIB. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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A migrant is helped by Proactive Open Arms rescuer to board a RHIB. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

A migrant is helped by Proactive Open Arms rescuer to board a RHIB. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

A migrant is helped by Proactive Open Arms rescuer to board a RHIB. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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Migrants overcrowding a wooden vessel call for help to rescuers. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Migrants overcrowding a wooden vessel call for help to rescuers. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Migrants overcrowding a wooden vessel call for help to rescuers. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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