It has gotten so that "fleeing conflict in Libya has become almost as dangerous as staying behind to fight," says Barbara Lewis at Reuters. As Libyan migrants continue to crowd into rickety boats, sometimes in bad weather, for the trip to Italy's nearby Lampedusa Island, several ships have sunk or disappeared. And those migrants who make it aren't exactly welcomed with open arms by overwhelmed Europeans. Even more refugees have fled by land into neighboring Egypt or Tunisia. Here, a look at Libya's "devastating" refugee exodus, by the numbers:
Rough number of people who have fled Libya since the war began
People now stuck at Libya's land borders
People who have fled to rebel-held eastern Libya
Libyan refugees who have landed on Italy's Lampedusa Island
North Africans who have fled to Italy from Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya since Feb. 20
Number of refugees stranded at sea for 16 days, allegedly ignored by NATO
Number of those refugees who died of thirst or starvation
Estimated deaths from an overcrowded ship, carrying 600 refugees, that capsized Friday
U.N. estimate of Africans who have died at sea fleeing the Libyan conflict
10,000 to 30,000
Estimated total death toll from the Libya conflict
Amount the U.N. has requested for its Libya humanitarian mission
Amount it has received so far
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