ActionAid’s Head of Humanitarian Response, Mike Noyes, says:
"Today's devastating reports must be a wakeup call to world leaders. These are an estimated 400 men, women and children fleeing conflict and poverty in some of the world's most troubled countries and they did not deserve to lose their lives.
"This latest tragedy is sadly not unusual. 2015 brought hundreds of deaths and people fled conflict and persecution, leaving their lives and homes behind in search of safety in Europe. The scaling back of search and rescue operations and minimal reallocation efforts is Europe's political disgrace and the world's shame.
“Europe and its leaders must urgently restart the search and rescue operations, commit to joint political and financial responsibilities and respect the rights of migrants and refugees under international law. Without this and just tightening and protecting borders, people will simply take more dangerous routes and only more lives will be lost to this devastating crisis.”
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