More than sixty refugees die trying to leave Libya by sea

Three survivors from a boat carrying 72 people that drifted for more than two weeks in the seas off Libya, have met with the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR).

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The three Ethiopian men told staff from UNHCR, that the boat had run out of fuel, water and food, after leaving Tripoli in March.

The refugees said that military ships had twice passed them without stopping, but a military helicopter had dropped food and water.

Melissa Fleming, from UNHCR, said the passengers paid 800 dollars for the trip, and were expected to sail the boat themselves:

“This isn’t the only account we’ve heard about these boats that are crossing the Mediterranean into Europe. We’ve heard accounts that perhaps there was a captain for the first 100 metres or so, and a smaller boat would then take the captain back to shore and provide passengers with a compass and say 'Lampedusa is in that direction.”

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