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An immigrant gave birth on the ship that had collected her from the Mediterranean


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The labor was caused by “difficult travel, harsh conditions, stress and dehydration”

A migrant woman gave birth this morning on the ship Geo Barents of the non-governmental organization Doctors Without Borders, which had picked her up in the Mediterranean along with her three sons.

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“Despite the happy event, her condition is serious and requires specialist medical attention,” the organization said on Twitter, asking Maltese and Italian authorities to urgently organize the transport of the woman and her children.

The young woman, whose identity has not been released, had boarded an “unstable” boat leaving Libya on Monday night with 90 other people.

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The birth was caused by “the difficult journey, harsh conditions, stress and dehydration,” according to MSF.

The Geo Barents, the organization’s rescue ship, is now carrying 255 migrants who attempted the Mediterranean crossing, which the UN considers the world’s most dangerous, as 17,000 people have died since 2014 trying to reach European waters. beach.

Last month the Geo Barents was at the center of a controversy after it was initially denied permission to disembark the rescuers it was carrying in an Italian port – except for the most vulnerable of them. It finally got the green light, after much protest and criticism, but this was a first indication of the new approach Italy’s far-right Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni intends to take to immigration policy.

Italy has recorded a significant increase in migrant arrivals by sea since the beginning of the year, according to data from the Ministry of the Interior: since January 1, 96,816 people have arrived on its shores, compared to approximately 63,000 last year and 32,000 in 2020.

Most of these migrants were rescued by the Italian coast guard, but Rome has sharply criticized rescue operations by ships chartered by various non-governmental organizations.

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