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Liquid Traces. The Left-to-Die Boat

Liquid Traces. The Left-to-Die Boat

Liquid Traces offers a synthesis of our reconstruction of the events of what is known as the ‘left-to-die boat’. 72 passengers who left the Libyan coast heading in the direction of the island of Lampedusa on board a small rubber boat were left to drift for 14 days in NATO’s maritime surveillance area. Despite several distress signals relaying their location, as well as repeated interactions, including at least one military helicopter visit and an encounter with a military ship, no action was taken. As a result, only 9 people survived.


Lorenzo Pezzani


United Kingdom



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Lorenzo Pezzani


18 mins