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Some 800,000 migrants from Africa and the Middle East have made the perilous journey across the Mediterranean Sea to Europe this year. Many suffer from untreated injuries and medical conditions, and more than 3,000 have died or gone missing at sea.

In this podcast, CMAJ News reporter Lauren Vogel interviews Dr. Simon Bryant, an Alberta physician who experienced the crisis first-hand volunteering on a Médecins Sans Frontières search-and-rescue ship.

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Bryant_MSF_cropSimon Bryant is a Canadian Physician currently volunteering with MSF in the Mediterranean

Editor's note: This piece combines two of Simon's blogs published on Médecins Sans Frontières' staff blog 'Moving Stories' on April 26th and May 4th respectively.

Since I arrived in Malta on April 18th over sixteen hundred people have drowned in the Mediterranean, and it's sadly starting to look like the deadliest year ever for trans-Mediterranean crossings. European politicians have scrambled to respond and the "Triton" program, consisting of naval and coast guard ships patrolling Europe's maritime frontiers, has just seen its funding tripled. Still it seems their objective won't be specifically "search and rescue" (SAR) benefiting those near death and close to the Libyan coast, but rather "wait and see" much, much farther north. ...continue reading