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Up to 900 may have died at sea in one week

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>> Three boats were shipwrecked to the Mediterranean this week. As NGOs begin to piece together information from survivors, it's feared up to 900 lives could have been lost. Migrants has told of a large shipping boat sinking with children on board. Those fleeing bombs, bullets, and starvation often don't know how to swim and aren't wearing life jackets.
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This week, calmer seas and warmer weather has seen a surge in arrivals. 14,000 have been pulled from the water since Monday. Boats departed from Libya, where migrants reported being raped and beaten by smugglers. The rubber boats or fishing vessels they travel in can fling them into sea in seconds.
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45 bodies have been found so far. The tragedy prompting some to call for creating a safe passage for refugees.>> We also need to find legal ways for refugees, for the most vulnerable ones, who arrive in Europe and in other parts of the world, to find safety. Because the reason why so many people are taking to sea at the moment, and risking their lives, is because they have no option.
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We have to give them the possibility to travel legally and safely.>> This week's death toll based only on survivor testimony, the true loss may never be known.