An animated short film called “Sorry I Drowned” is inspired by a letter allegedly found on the body of a refugee who drowned in the Mediterranean Sea.
“While we may not know of the truth behind who wrote the letter, we do know that what it depicts is real. This reality cannot continue,” said Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), also known as Doctors Without Borders, following the incident.
The film, created by Studio Kawakeb in Beirut and MSF, sketches the refugee crisis of those forced to cross the sea looking for safety.
As wars continue to fail millions of people who are force to flee their homes and countries, the sea takes the lives of thousands of people on their way to "safety". Each year, more and more refugees drown in desperate attempts to reach Europe.
According to the United Nations High Commisioner for Refugees (UNHCR), more than 3,740 were found dead in the Mediterranean in 2015.
William Spindler, a spokesman for UNHCR, says that the number of people who lost their lives in the Mediterranean in 2016 passed 5,000.
“That means that on average, 14 people have died every single day this year in the Mediterranean trying to find safety or a better life in Europe,” Spindler added.
While the number of refugees continues to increase as wars become more protracted, MSF aims to raise awareness about the hardships refugees and migrants are forced to endure, as they have no other choice but to undertake such a deadly journey.
MSF is an international medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare.
MSF has been conducting search and rescue activities for two years to spread awareness about the refugee crisis.