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    Deadly New Trend Developing in African Migration to Europe

    FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2015 photo, Red Crescent workers prepare to carry the lifeless body of a migrant, in the port city of Khoms, Libya. The International Organization for Migration calls death by asphyxiation on board smugglers’ boats sailing from Libya to Italy a horrific new trend.
    FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2015 photo, Red Crescent workers prepare to carry the lifeless body of a migrant, in the port city of Khoms, Libya. The International Organization for Migration calls death by asphyxiation on board smugglers’ boats sailing from Libya to Italy a horrific new trend.
    Lisa Schlein

    The International Organization for Migration reports a sharp increase in the number of sub-Saharan Africans making the dangerous sea journey from Libya to Italy. But the organization says a deadly new trend is developing on board the boats that smuggle these migrants.

    The International Organization for Migration calls death by asphyxiation on board smugglers’ boats sailing from Libya to Italy a horrific new trend. The latest incidence came to light in the last few days when more than 1,000 migrants were rescued at sea and brought to two different Italian seaports.

    IOM spokesmen, Itayi Viriri says among those brought ashore by rescuers were five bodies — three women and two men from Sub-Saharan Africa. They apparently had died from asphyxiation during the journey.

    FILE - Migrants are rescued by the Italian Navy in the Mediterranean Sea, in this picture released on January 28, 2016 by Italian Navy.
    FILE - Migrants are rescued by the Italian Navy in the Mediterranean Sea, in this picture released on January 28, 2016 by Italian Navy.

    “The vessels that they are being put on are quite overcrowded. So, whereas normally you hear of migrants drowning in large numbers, now we are seeing more and more being squashed in these vessels that they are being put into,” he said.

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    Nothing stopping smuggling gang in Libya

    Viriri says these migrants are extremely vulnerable because there is no real authority in Libya to stop the smuggling gangs from putting people on overcrowded boats.

    IOM estimates nearly 9,000 migrants have arrived by sea in Italy since the beginning of the year. It says most making this dangerous crossing originate from Sub-Saharan Africa, in particular Nigeria, Gambia, and Mali.

    Viriri tells VOA African migrants pay the smugglers between $600 and $800, which is about half the amount paid by Syrians and other migrants from the Middle East, Bangladesh or elsewhere. He says Africans suffer discrimination as a consequence of this unequal pay scale.

    “In those cases, where you have other nationalities, other than Sub-Saharan nationals—yes, based on how much they pay, they are put in the hold and those who pay more are put up on, maybe what could be safer, upper decks,” he said.

    FILE - Rescuers work to help survivors and remove bodies of migrants trapped beneath the deck of a boat after it sank in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of in Zuwara, Libya, Aug. 27, 2015.
    FILE - Rescuers work to help survivors and remove bodies of migrants trapped beneath the deck of a boat after it sank in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of in Zuwara, Libya, Aug. 27, 2015.

    IOM says the exodus of refugees and migrants into Europe continues unabated. According to the latest figures, more than 120,000 have arrived in Greece and Italy so far this year. This far exceeds last year’s figure of 100,000 arrivals by June.

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    by: Mason from: USA
    February 28, 2016 12:15 PM
    The African migrants take such life or death risk because their relatives living in Europe or the US give them the impression they are living in an utopian society. Out of pride, they don't tell them the truth that many of them are cleaning toilets, carrying poops of the elderly in nursing homes, and the like, just to make a living. Instead, they send home photos of cars they have bought. The migrants themselves are not poor, to be able to come up with such amounts. I think the governments of these sub-Saharan countries ought to do more to educate their people on the challenges of moving to a totally new culture where any education qualification you have may not be in demand.

    by: williweb from: Phoenix Arizona USA
    February 27, 2016 2:52 PM
    There is no place to run to. Overpopulation has overtaken all the destinations. Just stop anywhere and have some more babies. I think 7 to 9 is the average. They will starve to death or die of thirst, or drown in the sea. We will kill for food and water or someone will kill us for our food and water. An unending cycle of birth, suffering and death.
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    by: Marcus Aurelius II from: NJ USA
    February 28, 2016 8:56 AM
    This is true and it is what politicians refuse to talk about. For example this is the real cause of climate change. Given our technology which depends to a great deal on fossil fuel, the world cannot support 7.5 billion people and remain habitable. Telling those who are living well to live worse so others can live better won't work. Placing a bet that substitute technologies will replace fossil fuel in time to avoid a climate catastrophe is a very risky gamble that will have dire consequences for billions of people if it doesn't happen. Not one leader who talks about climate change even mentions population control let alone identifies it as the root cause.
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    by: Lafferty from: Coudersport, PA
    February 28, 2016 3:21 AM
    And this tide of colour will drown these bureaucrats and the rich. These people won't escape the consequences of their genocide against whites.

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