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Mercy, Francesca, Newman, Diabam and Sophia were the names their mothers chose.Births, deathsGiulia Marinig, a recently qualified doctor, remembers a hectic 48 hours in October 2016 when three women went into labor aboard the Dattilo migrant rescue ship.Marinig reckons there were around 30 other heavily pregnant mothers on board the Dattilo, and a number of women carried babies in their arms they had recently given birth to in Libyan detention centers.Even if their birthing suites amounted to the ship's hard floors with plastic crates as cots, the successful deliveries that night brought a shimmer of light to dark two days – 10,500 migrants had been picked up in the Mediterranean and a total of 50 corpses discovered.Citizenship dead-endBut even if the 35 babies born aboard Mediterranean rescue vessels in recent years defy the odds to make it safely to Europe, their ordeal is just getting started.
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