4 day Old Nigerian Baby Rescued From Sea Off Libya Coast. Sabratha – Mariam Ohene, a Nigerian lady, her four-day-old baby, two year-old son named Benjamin and Ghanaian husband, Richard were among over 480 migrants rescued by Spanish NGO Proactiva Open arms on Saturday in the central Mediterranean Sea.
They were all travelling 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.
The 29 year-old Nigerian woman had lived with her husband, Richard Ohene for over two years in Libya and decided to leave for Europe after they had the baby.
The rescue 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 on Sunday afternoon. The other rescued migrants, on board two other rubber boats, were rescued by staff on the supply vessel Vos Prudence. Those migrants were due to reach Italy on Monday, but the destination is still unknown, the Coast Guard added.
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. Nearly 600 migrants have died so far this year trying to reach Italy from North Africa, the International Migration Organization (IOM) estimates. Some 4,600 people are thought to have died last year.
A few weeks back, The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said that 74 bodies of migrants have washed up on the Libyan coast. bIFRC spokesperson, Stephen Ryan, of the IFRC said the bodies were found by the Libyan Red Crescent. He said that the circumstances involving the drowning of the migrants are not clear yet. Pictures on the IFRC’s Twitter account showed the bodies lined up along the shore covered in white and black bags.