Migrants who were rescued from a dinghy in the Mediterranean...

Crossing the Mediterranean: A Migrant’s Perilous Journey

Recent photos highlight the continued dangers faced by refugees crossing the Mediterranean Sea.

Two recent rescue missions in the Mediterranean Sea have once again cast a spotlight on the perilous journey refugees face in their search for safety and a better life. In the span of two days, Proactiva Open Arms, a Spanish NGO dedicated to saving refugees, and the Spanish Maritime Safety and Rescue Society both carried out rescue missions. Taken on board Proactiva Open Arms’ boat were three people – two of whom had been found dead. This comes after a new report that death rates for migrants crossing the Mediterranean have risen significantly in the last two years, even though the number of people arriving has dropped dramatically.

Here, the most recent images from the continuing struggle.

Members of Proactiva Open Arms search for signs of life following a distress call from the Mediterranean Sea, about 80 miles off the coast of Libya, July 17. PAU BARRENA/AFP/Getty Images Members of Proactiva Open Arms search for signs of life following a distress call from the Mediterranean Sea, about 80 miles off the coast of Libya, July 17. A view of Proactiva Open Arms' rescue boat at sea, July 17. PAU BARRENA/AFP/Getty Images A view of Proactiva Open Arms' rescue boat at sea, July 17.

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A woman who was reportedly in the water for <a href="https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/rosebuchanan/this-woman-was-left-to-drown-off-libyas-coast"target="_blank">48 hours</a> is rescued by members of Proactiva Open Arms, July 17. PAU BARRENA/AFP/Getty Images A woman who was reportedly in the water for 48 hours is rescued by members of Proactiva Open Arms, July 17. A refugee who was rescued by the Spanish Maritime Safety and Rescue Society arrives at Spain&#39;s Port of Malaga, July 18. SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images A refugee who was rescued by the Spanish Maritime Safety and Rescue Society arrives at Spain's Port of Malaga, July 18. Rescued migrants stand aboard a rescue boat after their arrival at Port of Malaga, July 18. SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Rescued migrants stand aboard a rescue boat after their arrival at Port of Malaga, July 18. Two men rescued by the Spanish Maritime Safety and Rescue Society stick close together upon their arrival at Port of Malaga, July 18. SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Two men rescued by the Spanish Maritime Safety and Rescue Society stick close together upon their arrival at Port of Malaga, July 18. A woman is helped by members of the Spanish Maritime Safety and Rescue Society as she disembarks from a rescue boat at the Port of Malaga, July 18. SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images A woman is helped by members of the Spanish Maritime Safety and Rescue Society as she disembarks from a rescue boat at the Port of Malaga, July 18. One migrant wraps himself in a red blanket following his arrival at Port of Malaga, July 18. SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images One migrant wraps himself in a red blanket following his arrival at Port of Malaga, July 18.



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