Dealing with the migrant dead

Tom Westcott

Freelance journalist and regular IRIN contributor 

Since the beginning of this year, 2,860 migrants are thought to have died in the Mediterranean after setting off in smugglers’ boats from the Libyan coast towards Italy. Volunteers from the Libyan Red Crescent Society, working with scant support or equipment, are left to deal with the decaying and bloated bodies when they wash ashore.

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