'Lives At Risk' as Europe Cuts Back Mediterranean Rescue Mission

November 03, 2014 04:44 PM
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Refugee groups say thousands of lives are now at risk after Italy ended its migrant search and rescue mission in the Mediterranean Saturday. Codenamed 'Mare Nostrum,' the mission rescued hundreds of thousands of migrants over the past year who had left the north African coast in rickety boats aiming for European shores. The European Union has taken over the operation -- but critics say it is much smaller in scale and poorly funded. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.