The rafts arrive daily now, in fair weather or foul, dozens of migrants crammed on to small inflatable dinghies more suitable for a pleasure lake than the open sea.
Most do not have enough fuel for the crossing; others use oars instead of motors. Along Spain’s southern coastline, locals have been horrified by discoveries of bodies washed up from sunken rafts: among them, a boy of six or seven found on a Cadiz beach last January, and another, aged between eight and ten, in a national park in Almeria in June.
In July, 49 sub-Saharan Africans died when their raft sank near the island of Alborán, a rocky, outpost half way between Morocco and Spain that has become the country’s equivalent of Italy’s…
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