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Emergency workers, including health officials and psychologists, met the migrants upon arrival.
Many health facilities cannot provide adequate medical care for victims of sexual violence, says Doctors Without Borders.
Alice Gautreau is a midwife working with Medecins Sans Frontieres. In this exclusive vlog for HuffPost UK, Alice talks about her life-saving work on board the Aquarius refugee rescue vessel in the Mediterranean, and the incredible story of helping a woman give birth on board the ship.
AQUARIUS, Mediterranean Sea - Two NGOs have been forced to suspend rescue operations in the Mediterranean due to the increasingly
Safe abortion services may still be possible for South African women, but HIV education and treatment may be under threat.
The number of people who died trying to reach Europe by crossing the Mediterranean has reached an all-time high and is becoming comparable to what Médecins Sans Frontières is used to seeing in warzones, with the UN Migration Agency recording at least 5,079 deaths last year.
Sending people back to a conflict zone should not be up for sale. 2015 recorded the highest number of Afghans fleeing their country since the US-led military intervention of 2001. This latest deal threatens to push back thousands of men, women and children into harm's way, forcibly returning them en masse to a country still in the grip of conflict.
Everyone is exhausted and anxious and the rescue crews work tirelessly to keep them all calm so they don't capsize the boat. After several hours everyone is brought safely on board the rescue ship. Later they're all transferred to the Italian coast guard who will take them to Italy. The Aquarius stays in the rescue zone to search for more dinghies. And so we wait.
We are all part of this conflict. Just because it happened to be Russian planes, this time, doesn't mean that France, the US and the UK can just let it happen. Bomb ISIS targets, yes, but don't touch civilians. It's not collateral damage when (according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights) 1000 civilians, including 200 children, have already been killed since September 2015 by Russian planes.