2016: The deadliest year for refugees

The UN refugee agency says almost 4,000 refugees have died trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea, taking the crisis to new heights.

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

At least 600 children have reportedly died crossing the Mediterranean Sea this year.

2016 has seen almost 4,000 people die crossing the Mediterranean Sea, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said on Wednesday.

According to the UNHCR, some 3,771 refugee deaths in the Mediterranean were reported in 2015. 

This is the reality faced by those fleeing conflict and war in their home countries:

A woman looks troubled after she was rescued off the coast of Italy. October 20, 2016. (AFP)


At least 62,000 children have made the journey across the Mediterranean to arrive in Greece this year. October 20, 2016. (AFP)


A woman holds onto a rope during a rescue operation off Libya's Mediterranean coastline. October 12, 2016. (AFP)


The packed boats that the refugees arrive in are not sufficient to withstand the perilous sea crossing, leading the Italian coast guard to patrol the area. October 3, 2016. (AFP)


Refugees wait days in the 2.5 million square km sea on packed boats before they have any hope of reaching food and shelter. October 3, 2016. (AFP)


The refugees are fleeing conflict from countries such as Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Eritrea. October 26, 2016. (AP)


Over one million refugees crossed the Mediterranean to reach Europe last year. This year crossings stand at 327,800 so far. August 29, 2016. (AP)

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