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Thursday 30 April 2015

When the big boat comes too late

Rescued migrants disembark from the Italian Navy vessel Bettica after arriving in the Sicilian harbour of Augusta on April 22, 2015 (AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI) Rescued migrants disembark from the Italian Navy vessel Bettica after arriving in the Sicilian harbour of Augusta on April 22, 2015 (AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI)

(AFP Photo / Alberto Pizzoli)


"Migrant landings in the ports of southern Italy follow a well-worn pattern," writes AFP's Fanny Carrier, who was in Sicily this month to report on the deadliest week in the Mediterranean migrant crisis. "Out on the ship’s deck, the men, women and children sit surrounded by rescuers and humanitarian workers in white protective suits, gloves and masks. Their stories are all similar, all harrowing. They tell of a fraught, ruinously expensive journey across Africa, the perilous crossing of the Sahara, their arrival in Libya. They tell of the violence of militias and people-smugglers. They tell of their fear on board the boat, of water seeping in, of the rescuers who barely reached them in time. And finally, of reaching a safe shore."

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Tuesday 6 January 2015

The biggest truck on Earth

People sit near a fully loaded truck in Madama near the border with Libya on January 1, 2015 (AFP PHOTO / DOMINIQUE FAGET) People sit near a fully loaded truck in Madama near the border with Libya on January 1, 2015 (AFP PHOTO / DOMINIQUE FAGET)

(AFP Photo / Dominique Faget)


On New Year’s Day, AFP photographer Dominique Faget joined France’s defence minister on a lightening visit to an army base in Niger's remote north. "The desert outpost lies at the gates of Libya, right on the route used by jihadists and arms smugglers to reach northern Mali and Niger from the violence-wracked state," he writes. "Near the gleaming new runway, I spot five or six trucks piled high with a mind-boggling load – at a standstill under the sun. I slip away from the group visit for a moment to investigate, and snap a few pictures."

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