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 41 The Cowboys of Tuscany In Italy’s unruly Maremma, a handful of horsemen corral cattle at breakneck speeds. Arts & Culture Issue 41 The Lighthouse Keeper of Beirut Victor Chebli has weathered storms, war and three kidnappings to maintain his family’s shining legacy. Arts & Culture Design Issue 41 Tile Making in Mallorca Biel Huguet charts the history of his island in colorful cement. Arts & Culture Issue 41 A Cinema in Tangier The artist Yto Barrada on co-founding a cinema for the city that inspires her art. Arts & Culture Issue 41 An Artist in Tunis Dora Dalila Cheffi is building her reputation, and her home, in the Tunisian capital. Arts & Culture Issue 47 Alice Sheppard On dance as a channel to commune with the body—even when it hurts.