Thousands of people, mainly subsaharan Africans, are taking to the sea in ancient, leaky and overcrowded boats to escape war in Libya. The destination of choice: the Italian resort island of Lampedusa, some 600 kilometers north, in the Mediterranean. Many of the passengers arrive traumatized and exhausted from the high seas journey. One Ivorian migrant describes life in Tripoli: "There was no peace. There was rifle fire everywhere. Then NATO started to bomb. We had nothing to eat. Some Libyans started to attack strangers at night, to steal your money, your mobile, whatever you have... No way to stay there. Better to flee." UNHCR estimates that one in ten people die during the sea journey.