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From Sicily to Mantua: Raw-News’ insights on the migrants’ arrivals

Since the beginning of the Arab Spring in 2011, unprecedented numbers of migrants have started sailing from Libya to reach Europe and escape war, hunger and poverty. In the last few days, thousands of people have attempted to cross what is considered the most dangerous sea route for migrants, the Mediterranean. In 2015, almost 1,700 people have died on their trip to Europe. Thirty times more deaths than last year.
From Sicily to Mantua: Raw-News’ insights on the migrants’ arrivals

Joseph, from Ghana, resettled in Rome five years ago. He has an important message for all those wishing to come to Europe

Raw-News, supporting Al Jazeera, has deployed teams to Sicily, Rome and Mantua, in the north of Italy, to get a real picture of the situation.

In Sicily, some of the migrants who have arrived in the past few days had wounds the aid workers described as “the worst they had ever seen.”

We also covered the arrival of the migrants and heard the testimonies of aid workers and volunteers. “It’s awful,” said a woman to Al Jazeera reporter Paul Brennen. “Some of these migrants swallow salt water and gasoline.”

Once migrants leave Lampedusa, they are off to Europe. They adjust to their new culture, hoping to be welcomed by the host communities.

In Rome, we decided to talk to one of the survivors of the perilous journey who was trying to build a new life in Italy. Al Jazeera reporter Phil Lavelle sat down with Joseph, a Ghanaian who left Libya on a boat five years ago. Even though Joseph is thankful for his new life in Europe, the outcome of his decision to leave Africa is not what he expected. This is his story:

This new wave of migrants has also raised many concerns among host communities. A Raw-News team went to Mantua, northern Italy, to visit a right-wing Lega Nord party protest. Lega Nord’s supporters explained to our team their reason for not welcoming migrants among them. Here is the video:

As the situation develops, Raw-News and Al Jazeera are on the ground to get updates and insights of the migrants crisis. Stay tuned and follow us on twitter @RawNewsLive for the latest news.

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