Soufi with Italian journalist Daniele Biella, author of “Nawal, L’Angelo dei Profughi” (Nawal, The Angel of Refugees). AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABI
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Nawal Soufi is never without her mobile phone and thousands of Syrian refugees have reason to be grateful for that. It was an early morning in the summer of 2013 when the fragile-seeming Sicilian 27-year-old took the first panicked call: hundreds of Syrians were lost in the Mediterranean aboard a boat taking on water.Migrants at sea shout: 'There are 500 people on board, we have been at sea for 10 days and there is no more water,'" the young woman tells AFP on the sidelines of the launch of a book about her life: "Nawal, the refugees' angel".On one recent night, it took her five hours to calm a caller enough to get the only information that counts in such moments: the position of the boat.On April 20, Nawal was on the quay in Catania, lost amid dozens of reporters who had come to witness the arrival of 28 survivors of the Mediterranean's worst migrant disaster to date, which claimed the lives of some 800 people.
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