The United Nations Refugee Agency’s record has shown that at least 45 migrants and refugees, which includes children died in deadly ship wreck off Libya coast in 2020.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees(UNHCR) said of this 45, they were more than 80 people on board a vessel whose engine exploded off the coast of Zwara.
The deaths of this illegal migrants were reported by some 37 survivors rescued by local fishermen, BBC reports.
UNHCR and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) have called forth search and rescue missions for migrants to be stepped up.
However, the two UN bodies have state that conditions for migrants traveling this illegal mean is dangerous, warning that they were “at risk of the ongoing conflict, severe human rights violations, and arbitrary detention post-disembarkation”.
Survivors of the most recent shipwreck were detained after they disembarked in Libya. these survivors include citizen of Senegal, Mali, Chad and Ghana.
Reports has it that migrants are being treated appallingly in Libya, especially if they fall into the hands of traffickers and militiamen.