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Migrant boat sinks in Mediterranean

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 5/10/19, 01:35 pm

Between 60 and 70 migrants trying to reach Europe from Libya drowned on Friday when their boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Tunisia. At least 16 others were rescued, according to UN migration officials and a Tunisian state news agency. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said it was the deadliest migrant boat sinking since January.

The smuggling boat left Libya on Thursday and sent a distress signal in international waters early Friday near the coastal town of Sfax, Tunisia, according to an IOM official in Tunisia and a Tunisian Defense Ministry statement. Tunisian authorities are questioning and caring for the survivors, an IOM official said.

Some 17,000 migrants and refugees have come to Europe by sea so far this year—30 percent fewer than during the same period last year, according to IOM. About 440 people have died making the crossing since January.

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Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.

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    David Troup
    Posted: Fri, 05/10/2019 03:21 pm

    "Refugee" has taken on a whole new meaning.  Unless these refugees adapt their religious and worldviews, they will corrupt the very societies into the very monster they are fleeing.

  • Laura W
    Posted: Fri, 05/10/2019 07:16 pm

    Sounds like you're making an awful lot of assumptions there. Do you actually know what their views on violence, law, morality, etc. are? I mean, sure, sometimes bad people want to get away from other bad people, but I would guess that there are also a lot of ordinarily decent people who want out.

  • cln
    Posted: Fri, 05/10/2019 08:55 pm

    My husband spent a couple of weeks working in Greece where the refugees are coming in. Coming from over 20 countries. All kinds of interesting stories about this. They are always checked for shrapnel in their bodies with their physicals. Some are women whose husbands left to find food or supplies and never returned.  I have a friend who works as a missionary in Germany. She and others work with the Muslims to bring them the gospel. I attended one of their Farsi Bible studies in Germany. These people are bringing the gospel to the Germans. An interesting twist. They are trained to know all the German holidays so that when they are interviewed as to whether or not they can stay, they can share with the interviewers the meaning of these religious holidays. Thus the interviewres, the translators, get the gospel! Christmas, Easter, Pentecost, and two others (can't remember for sure) but all are significant biblically. So cool.