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When the big boat comes too late

Thursday 30 April 2015 - Eye witness

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)

"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."

(Photo: AFP / Alberto Pizzoli)

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The biggest truck on Earth

Tuesday 6 January 2015 - Eye witness

People sit near a fully loaded truck in Madama near the border with Libya on January 1, 2015 (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."

(AFP Photo / Dominique Faget)

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The fall of Kadhafi, a story told in pictures

Tuesday 16 October 2012 - Behind the image

National Transitional Council fighters fire against Moamer Kadhafi's troops in the town of Sirte on October 10, 2011, as they move in for the kill against the strongman's remaining diehards.
AFP Photo/Aris Messinis

The fall of Kadhafi, a story told in pictures

Athens-based AFP photographer Aris Messinis has covered the on-going social crisis in his native Greece since protests there turned violent in 2010. But he has demonstrated his knack for getting good shots under pressure in other hotspots too. His coverage last year of the end-game battle in Syrte, Libya – which pitted a cornered Moamer Kadhafi against the rebel National Liberation Army that had encircled him – earned him the top prize last weekend at the Bayeux-Calvados competition for war correspondents.

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The death of an ambassador

Wednesday 12 September 2012 - Eye witness

US State Department official photo obtained September 12, 2012 shows US ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens, who was killed along with three other US officialswhen a mob attacked the US consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi.

US ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, shown here in an official State Department photo, was killed overnight on September 11 during an attack on the American consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi. Another photo, obtained by AFP, shows Stevens -- possible unconscious, probably dead -- being evacuated from the consulate compound by civilians shortly after the attack. This is the picture’s backstory. (AFP Photo/US State Department)

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