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Why migrants keep risking all on 'the deadliest route'

Desperate to escape poverty and poor prospects, thousands of African migrants will brave harsh desert only to face an unforgiving sea.

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Migrants from sub-Saharan Africa attempting to cross the Mediterranean being rescued. Thousands of others who attempted the crossing have lost their lives, but the prospect of earning a better living for their families, mired in poverty back home, keeps the migrant numbers rising despite the deadly risks.

AMADOU Anne, the oldest son, tried first. "If you have a way to get there, maybe you should try it," his father told him.

The journey required crossing thousands of miles of ruthless desert and sea to reach Europe. Months passed with no news. And then the phone call.

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