A baby was born on board a rescue ship in the Mediterranean to Nigerian parents. The baby who is a boy has been described as healthy was born in the early hours of Monday after his parents and siblings were rescued from a dinghy. Also rescued were 253 people who were crossing the Mediterranean in two dinghies. The baby was born aboard MV Aquarius, a search and rescue vessel which is run in partnership by MÃ©decins Sans FrontiÃ¨res (MSF) and SOS MÃ©diterranÃ©e to Otis and Faith (Surname not given).
Describing her experience the past few days before giving birth, Faith was quoted as saying â€œI was very stressed on the rubber boat, sitting on the floor of the boat with the other women and children. Panicking that I would go into labour. I could feel my baby moving, he would move down and then move back up again. I had been having contractions for three days.â€
MSF midwife, Jonquil Nicholl, who delivered the baby said it was â€œa very normal birth in dangerously abnormal conditionsâ€.
â€œI am filled with horror at the thought of what would have happened if this baby had arrived 24 hours earlier; in that unseaworthy rubber boat, with fuel on the bottom where the women sit, crammed in with no space to move, at the mercy of the sea. And 48 hours previously they were waiting on a beach in Libya not knowing what was ahead of them.
â€œHow can this still happen in 2016? That families, vulnerable people, pregnant women, tiny babies and unborn babies are forced to risk their lives in the Mediterranean Sea when they should be receiving assistance and protection.â€
The baby is yet to be named as at the filling of this report. Thousands of migrants risk perilous journeys to seek a better life in Europe through Libya.