A doctor from @emergency.ong (an Italian medical NGO who worked with MOAS on board the Responder) is seen moments after calling the time of death of an Eritrean man found unconscious in the hold of a large wooden vessel, after 20 minutes of efforts to resuscitate him. July 31st 2016. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Hello! My name is Mathieu Willcocks (@mathieu_willcocks), I am a English-Italian photographer based in Scotland’s Inner Hebrides. This week i’m taking over the World Press Photo Instagram feed and I’ll be sharing some of my work on the migrations crisis in the Mediterranean.
This project was shot over 6 months onboard the rescue ship Responder, operated by the Malta-based NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station @moas_eu. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Conflict, persecution, political instability and poverty in parts of Africa and the Middle East continued to compel people to make dangerous sea crossings to seek a better life in Europe. Following a migration deal between the EU and Turkey, the numbers of refugees crossing the Aegean to Greece dropped, but arrivals in Italy, across the Mediterranean Sea from North Africa, went up sharply. According to the UNHCR, 181,436 people made that crossing in 2016, an 18 percent increase on 2015. 2017 has already registered a 20% increase on last year. Refugees are frequently crammed into unseaworthy craft, often without lifejackets or sufficient food, water or fuel. Many do not survive the three-day journey to Italy. Rescue vessels operated by NGOs and charities patrol international waters off the north Libyan coast to assist people in distress. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀#WPPh2017 #migration #refugees #migrants #sea @refugees #photojournalism #crisis.
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