SIRIAN Migrant Deaths

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PHOTOS: tell the story The sea takes migrants and brings back bodies

RAS JEBEL, Tunisia (AP) — The boys grew up within sight of the sea that took them away, rambling along paths and climbing rocks that would later be the launching pad for their flimsy rafts. The Mediterranean has been robbing Tunisia of its young, who abandon their homeland in hopes of a better life in Europe. At the closest points, Ras Jebel in the north and the Kerkennah Islands in the east, it’s a half-day sail if all goes well. But it all too often doesn’t.

November 2018

Women whose sons went missing look at the shoreline in the town of Ras Jabal, Bizerte, Tunisia. An Associated Press tally has documented at least 56,800 migrants dead or missing worldwide from 2014 to 2018 _ almost double the number found in the world’s only official attempt to count them, by the U.N.’s International Organization for Migration.

But the sea often swallows the rafts whole, and their passengers disappear without a trace. Migrants who go missing are a daily reproach to political failure, so there is rarely an official count of the departed, the dead or the disappeared.

Often the tides of the Mediterranean bring ashore instead the bodies and belongings of others who attempted a similar migration — those from distant countries who hoped that the beaches of North Africa would be their last stop before Europe. These migrants have already traveled thousands of miles just to reach the Mediterranean coast, where their journey stops abruptly.

Europe is protecting its borders but has no interest in the human beings,” said Chamsedding Marzouk, the former sailor who maintains the cemetery of the unknown as a volunteer. “Who will visit the graves of our relatives when they die? Who will visit these graves? Who will weep for them?”

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