While the world freaked out over a gorilla this week, 1,000 people drowned in the Mediterranean.

The child was pulled from the waters of the Med after a wooden boat capsized – 44 other bodies were recovered too.

In an email, the aid worker, who said his name was Martin but did not want his family name published, told Reuters she looked:

…like a doll… I took hold of the forearm of the baby and pulled the light body protectively into my arms at once, as if it were still alive…

It held out its arms with tiny fingers into the air, the sun shone into its bright, friendly but motionless eyes.

I began to sing to comfort myself and to give some kind of expression to this incomprehensible, heart-rending moment. Just six hours ago this child was alive.

More overcrowded and unseaworthy traffickers’ boats are thought to be making the journey from Libya to Italy during what is now an established seasonal surge in refugees trying to make it to Europe.

Despite renewed attempts by the EU’s border agencies to crack down on smugglers and efforts to discourage people from making the journey in the first place, the reasons people flee – namely, ongoing conflict and instability across the Middle East and North Africa – remain.
Picture: GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images

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Reuters, Indy100