Alarming rise in youngsters reaching Italy alone

14 June 2016

Thousands of children have crossed the Mediterranean Sea from North Africa to Italy so far this year and nine in 10 of them were on their own, the UN has warned.

According to the UN Children’s Fund UNICEF, more than 7,000 unaccompanied youngsters reached Italian shores in the first five months of 2016, coming mainly from Nigeria, Eritrea, Somalia and the Gambia.

Here’s Daniel Johnson in Geneva.

Duration: 2’37”


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