Olivia Spili, who, as a protection officer for Sea-Watch, has taken part in three search and rescue missions in the Mediterranean. While the stories in this section present an idealized portrait of aspects of the Mediterranean, we feel it is important to not turn a blind eye to the terrible realities playing out along the same stretch of coastline. Photograph: Laila Sieber. During the last decade, the Mediterranean has become a route to Europe for people from all over the world looking for a better life. Libya and Tunisia are staging points for sea crossings, where vulnerable people are subject to horrific abuse, exploitation and torture by both the authorities and those who take their money to facilitate the journey. Europe and the rest of the world have turned a blind eye to the over 20, 000 people who are officially recorded This story is from Kinfolk Issue Forty-One Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 19 Going Incognito We all secretly wonder what mischief we’d make if invisible: When our identity is hidden, everything seems possible. Arts & Culture Issue 19 The Best Policy Sometimes we talk to each other without feeling heard. Honesty—a most intimate interaction—can be just as thrilling as its more devious inverse. Arts & Culture Issue 19 A Sense of Suspense With unhinged imaginations and mountains of cliff-hangers, the filmmakers behind the sci-fi podcast Limetown have all the makings of a scary story. Arts & Culture Issue 19 Like Clockwork In this new column about time, we learn how slipping off our watches makes us feel like deadline-damning renegades. Arts & Culture Music Issue 19 On a Grander Scale Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna now may live on the opposite side of the globe, but she’s determined to evolve while staying true to her roots. Arts & Culture Issue 19 Neighborhood: Fire Stations The firefighting profession has evolved over time from Ancient Rome’s rudimentary bucket brigades to today’s sleek life-saving departments.