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Crisis in the Mediterranean
Crisis in the Mediterranean

After hundreds of migrants trying to reach Italy drowned last Sunday when their rickety vessel capsized in the Mediterranean Sea, it's no longer possible to ignore the humanitarian disaster unfolding on Europe's southern flank. This year at least 900 refugees from Africa and the Middle East have perished at sea while attempting the dangerous crossing from Libya to Europe, and with summer coming that number is bound to increase. These are terrified, desperate people fleeing war, poverty and violent social upheaval in what is left of their home countries. They urgently need help from the international community, and the European Union has a moral and ethical duty to aid them...