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AN EPIDEMIC OF DESPAIR

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    Gambian asylum seekers from the Do it Or Die crew look at the journey they've made.
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    Refugees and migrants disembark a Spanish coast guard vessel at the port of Palermo, in Sicily, after having been rescued at sea.
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    Unaccpanied minors and twins, Aimamo and Jawnoh, walk past tourists sunning themselves on a beach near thei shelter.
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    Abdullah, 15, a Gambian, helps his friend, fellow Alieu, with a sore back, at a Hot Spot, an asylum seeker reception center, in the port of Pozzallo, Sicily.
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    Two Malian boys play checkers with chits made from bottle caps as others look on, leaning against a Frontex container.
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    Eritrean Tsega Gebray, 32, and her daughters Naher Yohanes, 5, and Noemi Yohanes, 3, at a CARA, or reception center for asylum seekers in Mineo, Sicily.
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    Eritrean asylum seekers play with a broken suitcase, dragging their friends around the Mineo camp.
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    Peace, 17, a Nigerian migrant, left Nigeria to escape a forced marraige to a 40 year old man. The journey has been tough though: “I wish my friend had told me this is how difficult it is. I would have continued suffering in Nigeria.”
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    The Do it Or Die crew walk through downtown Pozzallo in Sicily.
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    Inside the boys shelter, a basic facility that offers meals and beds, and not much else.
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    The camp in Mineo was formerly a U.S. Miittary barracks, and today holds approximately 3,000 refugees and migrants.
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    Omar, 16, a Gambian, has his hair cut by his friend Mohammad, 16, at a shelter in Trabia, Italy.
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    Omar, 18, from Mogadishu, Somalia. Abdirahman was sixteen years old when Al Shabbab, an Islamic terrorist group operating in Somalia asked him to join their ranks. He refused and was threatened by the jihadis, and the family decided he should leave the country.
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    Boys in their room at an unaccompanied minor shelter in Trabia.
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    The Gambian Do it Or Die crew survey the ocean from the beach during an outing from a government hot spot.
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    A Gambian boy prays at a government a reception center that doubles as a lodging station for unaccompanied minors in Pozzallo, Sicily.
An Epidemic of Despair

Last year, the news media focused intensely on the European refugee crisis. Some 800,000 people crossed the Mediterranean to Greece, many fleeing wars we had a hand in creating, in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Each segment of their journey was carefully documented by thousands of reporters and photographers.

But there is another humanitarian crisis in Europe we have heard much less about: the roughly 200,000 migrants and refugees who left Africa for Italy since last year. This year alone, some 2,000 have died while making the voyage.

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