A ship carrying 606 migrants including women and children from over 15 countries was on Friday rescued in the Mediterranean sea.
The migrants were rescued by a charity group, SOS Mediterranne and Doctors Without Borders, MSF. The rescued migrants who had set sail from Libya to Italy, were from Benin Republic, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Syria, Somalia and Yemen.
The Aquarius, operated by the aid groups, sailed the 606 people, including 241 minors to Palermo, Italy.
Doctors Without Borders, said almost 180 of the youngsters were unaccompanied. The group also said it rescued toddlers in pyjamas, and a week-old baby wrapped in blanket.
“The many rescue operations carried out by Aquarius in recent days over a very wide geographical area show that the humanitarian crisis is still underway or even worsening in the central Mediterranean,” SOS Mediterranee said.
SOS also said eleven pregnant women were rescued from the dangerous sea boat.
The rescue organizations revealed the migrants told them they had been victims of sexual violence and torture in conflict-hit Libya, where they were held prisoner for months.
- Ashaolu Oluwafemi