At dawn on April 6, around 50 survivors from a boat that sank off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa received assistance from MSF and other agencies working on the island. Fifteen migrants are believed to have died; the coast guard is still looking for 150 to 250 who remain missing.

When the survivors arrived on the island, MSF’s medical team immediately began triaging the patients based on the severity of their injuries. “We were notified right away of the survivors’ arrival and quickly went down to the port,” said Angelina Perrli, an MSF nurse.“They were in good health, but most were in a state of shock. We gave them blankets to protect them against hypothermia.”

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Photo: Italy 2011 © Halimatou Amadou/MSF


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