The Mediterranean is increasingly becoming a sea of death. Since 2014 more than 10,000 people drowned in it. Doctors Without Borders repeatedly rescues hundreds of refugees from death off the Libyan coast.
Aid organizations SOS Mediterranee and Doctors Without Borders (MSF) are being forced to end their life-saving Mediterranean rescue mission. MSF managing director Florian Westphal told DW the situation is "catastrophic."
The NGOs that chartered the Aquarius cited a "smear campaign" by European governments as the reason for its ceasing operations. The ship has been stranded in Marseille since losing its registration.
Canberra has been heavily criticized for its controversial offshore detention policy, as more than 1,000 adults and children are languishing in Australian-run detention camps on the tiny Pacific island of Nauru.
Over 200 people have died in the worst outbreak of Ebola on record in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the WHO said, warning that it could be six more months before efforts to contain the spread succeed.
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