From North Africa to Italy: seeking refuge, finding suffering

The international medical humanitarian organisation Doctors Without Borders (MSF) today called on Italian authorities to drastically improve living conditions for refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants, particularly for the most vulnerable—women, children, unaccompanied minors, and victims of violence.

Last weekend, 12 boats carrying 2,665 people landed on Italian shores, while an additional 715 people were rescued from another boat off shore. Three quarters of the boats were carrying people fleeing the conflict in Libya.