Mediterranean Sea

Migrants fall into the water during a rescue in the Mediterranean.

What it’s like aboard an NGO ship rescuing hundreds of migrants in the Mediterranean

The World’s Richard Hall spent a week on a Save the Children rescue ship. Here are the sights and sounds from their harrowing voyage.

What it’s like aboard an NGO ship rescuing hundreds of migrants in the Mediterranean
Migrant Offshore Aid Station rescues migrants from a rubber dinghy during an operation in the central Mediterranean

This group wants to ‘defend Europe’ from migrants at sea

This group wants to ‘defend Europe’ from migrants at sea
African migrants arriving in Italy from Mediterranean

African migrants are reaching Europe with tales of kidnap and torture in Libya

African migrants are reaching Europe with tales of kidnap and torture in Libya
The Libyan coast guard boards a boat in the Mediterranean while humanitarian groups bring migrants onto their ships.

Libya’s coast guard is ‘endangering lives’ of migrants trying to reach Europe

Libya’s coast guard is ‘endangering lives’ of migrants trying to reach Europe
Save the Children workers rescue migrants on a boat in the Mediterranean off the coast of Libya

Aid groups rescue over 1,600 migrants in the Mediterranean in a single day

Aid groups rescue over 1,600 migrants in the Mediterranean in a single day
Migrants look out toward the Maltese island of Gozo, as the boat the Phoenix makes its way toward Italy after rescue operations off the coast of Libya, on May 5.

Fewer migrants are crossing the Mediterranean than last year. But almost as many are dying.

The migrant death rate on the Mediterranean is so far triple that of last year.

Fewer migrants are crossing the Mediterranean than last year. But almost as many are dying.
Italian coastguard personnel in protective clothing carry the body of a dead immigrant off their ship, Bruno Gregoretti, in the Grand Harbor of Valletta, Malta, on April 20, 2015.

'I am saving up to take the death boat to Europe'

Despite the clear and growing dangers of crossing the Mediterranean Sea in search of refuge in Europe, the stream of migrants is only getting bigger. The people making the journey say it's better to take a deadly chance than die slowly in civil wars or along the dangerous routes away from home.

'I am saving up to take the death boat to Europe'