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A migrant baby girl is seen sleeping aboard the former fishing trawler Golfo Azzurro, about thirty-two hours after her rescue along other migrants from their drifting plastic rafts by Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms, in the Mediterranean Sea, off the Libyan coast April 2, 2017. The four day-old baby was one of over 480 migrants rescued by humanitarian ships on Saturday during search and rescue operations in the central Mediterranean Sea.
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A Nigerian woman holds a baby girl as the baby's mother, Mariam, rests next to her other child, two-year old Benjamin aboard the former fishing trawler Golfo Azzurro about thirty-two hours. The baby's mother, a 29-year old Nigerian woman, and her husband, a 34-year old worker from Ghana, were also rescued. They had lived in Libya for over two years and decided to leave for Europe after they had the baby. "We want to go to France or Germany, there is a future for our family there," Richard Ohene, the father, told Reuters.
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Migrants from Bangladesh are seen aboard the former fishing trawler Golfo Azzurro, following their rescue. Italy has become the main arrival point in Europe for people fleeing persecution and poverty in Africa, most of them crossing the Mediterranean from lawless Libya in search of a better life.
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A rescuer tries to find his balance before taking a four-day-old baby girl into a RHIB, during a search and rescue operation by Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms. The baby was traveling on one of two rubber boats carrying over 200 migrants from North and Central Africa, Sri Lanka and Yemen and seen drifting some 22 nautical miles north of the Libyan town of Sabratha, the most frequently used departure point currently used by people smugglers in Libya.
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Spanish rescuer, Asier Renedo, 37, hands over a four-day-old baby girl to a woman into a RHIB, during a search and rescue operation. The operation was carried out by Spanish NGO Proactiva Open arms and lasted three hours. Migrants were transferred into the former fishing trawler Golfo Azzurro, expected to reach the Sicilian port town of Augusta the following afternoon.