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Since 2016, almost 12,000 refugees and migrants have drowned in the Mediterranean while trying to reach Europe.

“We see that people are making this sea journey multiple times. If they get intercepted and brought back, they will repeat the cycle,” Nicholas Romaniuk, a search-and-rescue coordinator onboard the migrant rescue vessel the Ocean Viking, told Al Jazeera.

“We know this journey can be deadly the first time, but the fact they would risk it again tells you what it’s like in Libya.”

A 2018 UN report highlighted that migrants are subjected to “unimaginable horrors” from the time they enter Libya, during their stay, and in their attempts to cross the Mediterranean, if they make it that far.

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