2017 Photo Contest, General News, 2nd prize

Left Alone


Santi Palacios

The Associated Press

28 July, 2016

An 11-year-old girl (left) from Nigeria, comforts her younger brother aboard a rescue boat after they had been picked up from an overcrowded dinghy in the Mediterranean Sea, en route to Italy, about 23 kilometers north of Sabratha, Libya in July. Their mother had died in Libya, after crossing the Sahara.

According to the EU border agency Frontex, arrivals of refugees in Italy from North Africa hit an all-time high of 181,000 in 2016. UNICEF said that some 25,800 of those were unaccompanied children.

About the photographer

Santi Palacios

Santi Palacios is a photojournalist and editor in chief of Sonda Internacional, a non-profit media outlet specializing in visual journalism on the climate crisis. Since the begin...

Technical information

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38.0 mm
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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