November 17, 2016
Written by ASTMH
This post originally appeared on ASTMH.
The camera zooms in on small boats taking on water and bobbing in the sea, filled with so many people that they are perilously close to capsizing. It’s difficult to watch. Thankfully, a rescue boat arrives and begins pulling people to safety. The scene then shifts to a man standing amidst a giant menagerie of life vests piled in massive mounds, grimly sorting them by size: one for a small child, one for an adolescent, another for adults.