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Saved but not safe

· Two thousand rescued in the Mediterranean over the last three days ·

More than 2,000 refugees and migrants were saved in Mediterranean over the last three days. On Tuesday yet another tragedy occurred with 26 dead and approximately 200 trapped in a boat off the coast of Libya. If the seamen of Italy as well as other countries continue to work in this way, the safety of those escaping war, persecution and hunger will not be certain when they reach European soil. 

This has been proven over the last several weeks with the episodes in France at the Calais terminal of the Eurotunnel, the rail link under the English Channel, where a dozen people have died trying to jump on trains to Britain.

According to data released yesterday by the UNHCR since the beginning of the year Greece has welcomed the most immigrants (124,000) and Italy comes in second with 98,000. However today Frontex, the European agency for border control, estimated the number to be even higher. Dangers are also increasing for children. Yesterday, the humanitarian aid organization Save the Children denounced the high risk that children run of exploitation, abuse and illness due to the collapse of the official reception system in Greece caused by the economic crisis. According to the organization, in the month of June 4,270 children, 86 of whom were unaccompanied, landed on the Greek islands, especially the Dodecanese. Most of the children have escaped conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. When they arrive the supply of food, water, medicine as well as a safe place to sleep is well below the necessary level.

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