Badly disfigured bodies of 21 young women and one man, including Nigerians who died in the Mediterranean Sea were recovered from rubber boats on Wednesday.
The search and rescue vessel run in partnership between Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) and SOS MEDITERRANEE also rescued 209 people from the dinghies. The rescued include two pregnant women and 50 children, of whom 45 were travelling without parents or guardians.
The bodies were brought to port of Trapani, Sicily on Friday, July 2 as fellow migrants described scenes of panic and violence when water poured into their dinghy. Some survivors had bite marks, testimony to a desperate struggle onboard to escape death.
People on the rubber dinghy said human traffickers in Libya had pushed too many migrants aboard and the floor had split after the boat put to sea, proving a death trap for young women who had been sitting in the central section.
“I kept asking for help. Nobody would help. They were climbing on me to stay out of the water. I thought I would die,” a 24-year-old Nigerian woman named Mary told MSF.
“I had to bite to be able to breathe. The woman I bit stood up. Men were standing on top of me. A woman stood on my face … A woman who was pregnant died. We were under the water together.” said Mary.
Erna Rijnierse, an MSF doctor who was aboard the rescue ship, the MV Aquarius, said there was an eerie silence when they neared the dinghy and it was obvious there had been a struggle.
“You can tell it from the nail scratches on people’s arms and legs, but also we had 10 people with human bites on arms, a back and also on the lower back and ankles,” she said.
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