Last week was the deadliest week of the refugee crisis in over a year.
A week of shipwrecks in the Mediterranean has lead to over 1,000 people dead and survivors telling of dozens of small children drowned, including a reported 35 women and 40 children in just one shipwreck alone.
"I saw my mother and 11-year old sister die," said Kidane from Eritrea, 13, "There were bodies everywhere."
Approximately 2,510 lives have been lost so far this year compared to 1,855 this time last year, and 57 in 2014. The odds of being among the dead in the journey across the Mediterranean are currently 1 in 81.
Still, 13,000 people were saved thanks to those who put their own lives in danger to protect others. The man in this photo holding the lifeless body of an infant, a father of three himself, recalled, “I began to sing to comfort myself and to give some kind of expression to this incomprehensible, heart-rending moment. Just six hours ago this child was alive."
Source: UNHCR, ABC, SeaWatch, Reuters, IBTimes