Erin Taylor 267.250.8829 (M)
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (September 12, 2016) —
Save the Children’s search-and-rescue ship the Vos Hestia arrived
at Trapani port in Sicily today with more than 300 refugees and migrants on
board – including pregnant women, unaccompanied children and a newborn
The migrants, who are mainly from West Africa, were transferred
from an overcrowded rescue ship onto the Vos Hestia in the Central
Mediterranean on Saturday afternoon, after the vessel responded to a call from
the Italian Coast Guard.
More than 50 children on board have told Save the Children staff
that they are traveling alone. Many of them said they were sent by their
families in a desperate bid to escape a life blighted by conflict, persecution
or extreme poverty.
Among the adults on board, one woman is more than nine months
pregnant. She’s already been treated by Save the Children’s doctor on the ship
and will be taken to a hospital as soon as disembarkation begins after
According to the Italian Coast Guard, more than 2,000 refugees
and migrants were rescued in the Mediterranean over the course of the weekend.
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