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Why thousands of people missing in the Mediterranean are never identified

By Louisa Loveluck and Claire Parker

25 Sep 2023 · 5 min read

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  1. The Mediterranean Sea has become a stage for mass death, with over 2 million people attempting the crossing from North Africa, Turkey and the Middle East in the past decade. At least 28,000 are missing and presumed dead.

April is a beautiful month on the shores of the Mediterranean, as blossoms scent the breeze and seaside towns stir to life. But for Meron Estefanos, and others who monitor the migrant passage, spring also brings a sense of foreboding.

"How many people are we going to lose this time," Estefanos, an Eritrean activist based in Uganda, often asks herself. "How many mothers are going to call me to ask about their missing son or daughter?"

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