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Apr 21, 2015

A Migrant’s Perilous Journey

A Migrant’s Perilous Journey

It's a horrible sight; seeing helpless people try and save themselves when the overcrowded vessel that was supposed to bring them to the Promised Land aka Europe starts to fill with water before it capsizes.
These journeys of hope have been going on for weeks, months and even years, but in the last couple of days the horror stories, videos and photos have hit the headlines again.
Partly because the UN and Red Cross had some damning words for the European Union and the way they are dealing with this never ending influx of migrant's from war torn and poor African countries.
But critizing is the easy bit, finding solutions is what is needed. Europe can't take in all those who want to come. No one can.
Providing adequate shelter, food and medical care is in most cases all that can be done.
The migration business is a big one, worth millions a year, and the people who profit from it, from human traffickers to aid organisations all need it to survive.
Maybe it is time the UN and the European Union took away the hope at the end of a perilous journey and gave thos ewilling to travel the hope they deserve at home.

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A rescue vessel is seen during the search and rescue operation underway after a boat carrying migrants capsized overnight, in this still image taken from video HANDOUT/REUTERS

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Italian coastguard personnel in protective clothing carry the body of a dead immigrant off their ship Bruno Gregoretti in Senglea DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI/REUTERS

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Surviving immigrants lie on the deck of Italian coastguard ship Bruno Gregoretti in Senglea DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI/REUTERS

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Italian coastguard personnel in protective clothing stand near the bodies of dead immigrants on their ship Bruno Gregoretti in Senglea DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI/REUTERS

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A man carries the recovered body of a dead migrant child at the coast of the southeastern island of Rhodes EUROKINISSI/REUTERS

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Migrants, who are trying to reach Greece, are rescued by members of the Greek Coast guard and locals near the coast of the southeastern island of Rhodes EUROKINISSI/REUTERS

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A migrant, trying to reach Greece, is rescued by a man at the coast of the southeastern island of Rhodes EUROKINISSI/REUTERS

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Migrants, trying to reach Greece, hold onto the wreckage of a sailboat near the coast of the southeastern island of Rhodes EUROKINISSI/REUTERS

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Migrants, who are trying to reach Greece, are seen onboard a capsized sailboat, as others are seen in the water trying to reach the coast of the southeastern island of Rhodes STRINGER/Reuters

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A surviving immigrant arrives by Italian coastguard ship Bruno Gregoretti in Catania's Harbour ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

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Rescue workers stand next to the bodies of migrants who drowned on the beach in the Sicilian village of Sampieri STRINGER Italy/Reuters

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Coffins of victims from a shipwreck off Sicily are seen in a hangar of the Lampedusa airport Antonio Parrinello/REUTERS

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Would-be immigrants wait to disembark from an Armed Forces of Malta vessel at Valletta's Marsamxett Harbour Darrin Zammit Lupi/REUTERS

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Migrants hold their identification numbers as they arrive at the Sicilian port of Augusta near Siracusa Antonio Parrinello/REUTERS

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A child looks on next to migrants after getting off from San Giorgio vessel of Italian Navy at Sicilian harbour of Augusta Antonio Parrinello/REUTERS

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A rescue worker leaves a flower over a white coffin at the Catania harbour in the Italian island of Sicily Antonio Parrinello/REUTERS

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A migrant plays with a child as they arrive on the Italian Navy ship San Giorgio, at the Sicilian harbour of Augusta Antonio Parrinello/REUTERS

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Migrants stand on a navy ship as they arrive in the Sicilian harbour of Augusta Antonio Parrinello/REUTERS

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Migrants stand on a navy ship as they arrive in the Sicilian harbour of Augusta Antonio Parrinello/REUTERS

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Handout picture of migrants sitting in their boat during a rescue operation by Italian navy ship Scirocco about 40 nautical miles off the coast of Libya Handout/REUTERS

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Migrants sit in their boat during a rescue operation by Italian navy ship Grecale off the coast of Sicily Handout/REUTERS

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A firefighter cleans his colleague after he disembarked from a boat, on which some 30 bodies were found, in Pozzallo Antonio Parrinello/REUTERS

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A fishing boat, on which 19 migrants are reported to have died, is brought to the Armed Forces of Malta Maritime Squadron base in Valletta's Marsamxett Harbour, after being towed to Malta by AFM Darrin Zammit Lupi/REUTERS

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Hazmat and forensic officers work on board fishing boat, on which 19 migrants are reported to have died, at Armed Forces of Malta Maritime Squadron base in Valletta's Marsamxett Harbour, after it was towed to Malta by the AFM Darrin Zammit Lupi/REUTERS

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Tourists look at would-be immigrants at the Maspalomas beach, on Gran Canaria in Spain's Canary Islands BORJA SUAREZ/REUTERS

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Two would-be immigrants rest at Maspalomas beach on Gran Canaria in Spain's Canary Islands BORJA SUAREZ/REUTERS

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A child evacuated from a cargo ship holds a note as he disembarks from a coast guard vessel, in Ierapetra on the island of Crete Stringer/REUTERS

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A migrant is helped by Red Cross assistants as they disembark from Italian Navy patrol ship Libra at the Sicilian harbour of Augusta Antonio Parrinello/REUTERS

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Rescued migrants on the deck of an Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) patrol boat reach out for bottles of water being distributed by a soldier in a biohazard suit after arriving at the AFM's Maritime Squadron base at Haywharf in Valletta's Marsamxett Harbour Darrin Zammit Lupi/REUTERS

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Migrants arrive by boat at the Sicilian harbour of Pozzallo Antonio Parrinello/REUTERS

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A migrant is surrounded by Italian police, who were not wearing uniforms, after arriving by boat at the Sicilian harbour of Pozzallo Alessandro Bianchi/REUTERS

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Child wears mittens as she arrives with her mother on the boat "Nos Taurus Genova" at the Sicilian harbor of Pozzallo Alessandro Bianchi/REUTERS

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Shoe used by a migrant is pictured on a flotsam at the Sicilian harbor of Pozzallo Alessandro Bianchi/REUTERS

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An illegal migrant lies in an immigration holding centre in the town of Garabulli Goran Tomasevic/REUTERS

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Illegal migrants sit in a coastal police base in Tripoli Goran Tomasevic/REUTERS

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A policeman guards illegal migrants in a coastal police base in Tripoli Goran Tomasevic/REUTERS

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Migrants rest after they disembarked in the Sicilian harbour of Augusta Antonio Parrinello/REUTERS

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Members of Libya's coast guard recover the body of a migrant who drowned off Tripoli's coast Stringer/REUTERS

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Public service workers bag bodies of migrants that drowned off Tripoli's coast Stringer/REUTERS

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Coffins containing bodies of migrants who died are carried off a navy ship at the Sicilian harbour of Augusta Antonio Parrinello /REUTERS

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Handout photo shows a group of 104 sub-Saharan Africans on board a rubber dinghy reaching out for life jackets tossed to them by rescuers of the NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station some 25 miles off the Libyan coast Darrin Zammit Lupi/REUTERS

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A member of Spanish Red Cross feeds an African immigrant's baby next to other African migrants as they rest inside a paddle court inside a sports centre after arriving on a rescue ship at the southern Spanish port of Tarifa Jon Nazca/REUTERS

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Bodies of dead would-be immigrants are submerged on fishing boat at the port of Arguineguin in Spain's Canary Island of Gran Canaria BORJA SUAREZ/REUTERS

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Palestinian schoolchildren throw flowers into the Seaport of Gaza City Suhaib Salem/REUTERS

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Migrants sit in a boat during a rescue operation by Italian navy off the coast of the south of the Italian island of Sicily Handout /Reuters

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A child is carried by a rescue worker as he arrives with migrants on the boat at the Sicilian harbor of Pozzallo Alessandro Bianchi/REUTERS

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Migrants, who are trying to reach Greece, are seen onboard a capsized sailboat, as others are seen in the water trying to reach the coast of the southeastern island of Rhodes Stringer/REUTERS

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Residents give water to would-be immigrant after their boat landed on Canary Island of Gran Canaria BORJA SUAREZ /REUTERS

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Would-be immigrants arrive at Los Cristianos port on Spain's Canary Island of Tenerife Reuters Photographer/REUTERS

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