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>> The migrant crisis fell off the news headlines for a while. It is hard to understand why because in the Central Mediterranean, the amount of people making the crossing, the amount of people dying, continues to hit record levels. My name is Darrin Zammit Lupi from Reuters on the MOAS ship, Phoenix.
It's only April, relatively early in the season, and thousands of people have already crossed. 8,000 people alone over the Easter weekend with 13 confirmed dead. What has changed recently is the callous nature of the humans traffickers. They're sending people out in boats, with less fuel than ever, no life jackets.
And they're far inferior boats than what they used to use 9, 10, 11 years ago. The migrant boats barely have enough fuel to get out of Libyan territorial waters. Which is why it is so important for the humanitarian NGOs to operate relatively close to Libya. The migrants we've been seeing this past week come from a variety of different countries.
There are a lot of Syrians, Palestinians, Somalis, Eritreans, people from West Africa, like Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Gambia. We've also seen quite a few people from Bangladesh and Pakistan. Their stories are pretty much all the same, whoever you speak to. They're fleeing dangerous situations back home. It's too dangerous to stay at home in a place like Syria, even Libya.
Many migrants you speak to would have tried to settle in Libya. But Libya, over the years, has become too dangerous, so they felt it's time for them to leave as well.