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Record high migrant death toll for 2016 - UN

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>> 352 exhausted migrants pass from one rescue vessel to another, in the middle of the Med, in challenging conditions. So many rubber boats left the Libyan coast over the last 48 hours, though saving them was swamped. And The Responder was called to help.>> The migrants have been brought on board from the rescue vessel.
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There are about a hundred of them. I've heard a baby crying, seen small children, there are lots of women as you can see. They're checked to see if they have any belongings which are put to one side but most of them have only the clothes that they're wearing and many of them are barefoot.
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They're given a very quick medical check to see if they have any emergency medical needs. And then they're told to sit down quietly and calmly.>> Emotionally and physically drained, having been at sea in a huge swell for hours. These migrants from Syria, Nigeria, Morocco, Tocco, and Pakistan, reaching Libya but the war there, pushing them further still.
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>> They kidnap peoples. They beat peoples very badly and they are very brutal. That's why we decided to go Italy.>> We collect money, money give it to Arab man.>> Yes, the Arab man buy boots, give us, we come here.>> Were you scared?>> It's too much scared
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Too much scared. Only God bring us here.>> This boatload is predominantly male. They've also been brought from a rubber boat when they were rescued, probably up to 24 hours ago. And we've been told that some of them have lost their family members at sea. This little girl's mother drowned just hours ago.
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Her uncle now determined to keep her safe. The UN Refugee Agency says the death toll in the Meds, already the highest ever recorded, with two months of 2016 still to go. Since the EU-Turkey Deal to close the pathway to Greece, this route from Libya to Italy, now the busiest.
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But 1 in 47, won't make it alive.