Alarming rise in youngsters reaching Italy alone

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Twins Aimamo and Ibrahim, 16, in Trabia, Italy. The pair worked for two months in slave-like conditions in Libya to pay smugglers for their passage to Europe. Photo: UNICEF/Gilbertson VII

Thousands of children have crossed the Mediterranean Sea from North Africa to Italy so far this year and nine in 10 of them were on their own, the UN has warned.

According to the UN Children's Fund UNICEF, more than 7,000 unaccompanied youngsters reached Italian shores in the first five months of 2016, coming mainly from Nigeria, Eritrea, Somalia and the Gambia.

Here's Daniel Johnson in Geneva.

Duration: 2'37"

 

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