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Through the lens: the migrant crisis

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>> My name is Darrin Zammit Lupi, I'm a Reuters photographer based in Malta. I've just got back home from a week spent out at sea off the coast of Libya on the migrant offshore aid station ship, Topaz Responder. We woke up at dawn to see dinghies dotting the area all around us.
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By the end of a day, 42 dinghies had been spotted, and their occupants rescued. Some 4,500 people were rescued that day. I've never seen anything like it, the sheer weight of numbers was a real sight to behold. One of the most beautiful things I saw was these migrants celebrating once they knew they were safe.
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They would hug each other and applaud, some were crying, some would drop down to their knees in prayer. I've seen these kind of things before and it never, never ceases to move me. I think it's very important to keep these people in the public eye, I mean this crisis has now been going on for years.
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We have to keep in mind that these people are human beings, just like the rest of us. No one deserves to die at sea. That is the rallying call of MOAS, the Migrant Offshore Aid Station. It's one which I subscribe to. I'm a journalist, but I'm a human being first and foremost.