In pictures: Child migrants on Lampedusa

  • 5 March 2015
  • From the section Europe

At huge personal risk, migrants from North Africa continue to cross the Mediterranean to try to reach Europe. Ten died earlier this week when their boat capsized.

Among those travelling are children, many of whom make the journey alone. The charity Save the Children has been documenting a group who recently arrived on the Italian island of Lampedusa.

Image caption Tens of thousands of African and Middle Eastern migrants have travelled from Libya, trying to reach Europe.
Image caption Another 88 unaccompanied children arrived on Lampedusa last week, from where they were taken to Sicily to be put in in children's homes.
Image caption There has been a flurry of activity recently, with the authorities rescuing 1,000 migrants on Wednesday alone.
Image caption This teenage boy, whose identity has been protected, travelled with two of his cousins from Somalia.
Image caption These two are sisters who made the journey from Eritrea.
Image caption Migrants are given phone cards on their arrival so they can make a call home.
Image caption These two young migrants passed the time by cutting each other's hair with razorblades.
Image caption Those travelling often come from war zones, then face further danger using unstable boats and unscrupulous traffickers to cross to Europe.
Image caption More than 3,000 migrants are estimated to have died trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea last year.