World Bulletin / News Desk
More than three-quarters of children and young adults trying to migrate to Europe are victims of torture, rape and other abuse on the dangerous journey, UN officials said Tuesday, warning against "cynicism" over the repeated tragedies.
"They use words like torture, beating, killing, slavery, trafficking, rape, not like abstract concepts, not something they have to write a report for school, but as their reality," UNICEF Brussels director Sandie Blanchet told a press conference.
"Just imagine for a second your own kids going through that," Blanchet said after UNICEF and IOM published a report based on extensive interviews.
The report said 77 percent of children and young people trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe had suffered "direct experiences of abuse, exploitation and practices which may amount to human trafficking."
Those from sub-Saharan Africa are far more likely to experience such suffering than those from elsewhere, it said. "Racism is likely a major underlying factor behind this discrepancy."
The report surveyed 22,000 migrants and refugees including 11,000 children and young people.
Eugenio Ambrosi, IOM's director for the EU, Norway and Switzerland, called on officials to deploy a better border management system with trained experts to care for children rather treat them as "a potential enemy crossing illegally our sacred border."
Ambrosi also warned against growing "cynicism" over repeated stories of child migrant suffering: "We have to continue to be shocked and sad and angry at the violation we see."
The main migration route from Libya is particularly dangerous due to lawlessness, militias and criminality, it said.
Young migrants pay between $1,000-5,000 (800-4000 euros) for the journey only to arrive in Europe in debt and facing new risks.
The UN accused the EU last week of turning a "blind eye" to the brutality faced by migrants held in Libya and urged urgent action to help them.
Blanchet said African migrants also experienced racism after they reached Europe, which continues to struggle with the biggest migration crisis in its history.
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In the end, her conservatives may be forced into torturous coalition haggling, possibly with their biggest campaign rivals, to stay in power and secure Merkel a fourth term.
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Yet authorities were still listening to anguished families who insisted that painstaking rescue operations continue at a handful of sites.
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Spaniards in the poorer Andalusia migrated massively to Catalonia in the 1950s, 60s and 70s in search of a better life.
Warplanes also destroy weapon depots in Gara region