Mediterranean Sea. Off the Libyan coast. July 28, 2016. Left Alone. An 11-year-old girl (left) from Nigeria, comforts her younger brother aboard a rescue boat after they had been picked up from an overcrowded dinghy en route to Italy, about 23 kilometres north of Sabratha, Libya. Their mother had died in Libya, after crossing the Sahara.
According to the EU border agency Frontex, arrivals of refugees in Italy from North Africa hit an all-time high of 181,000 in 2016. UNICEF said that some 25,800 of those were unaccompanied children.
General News, second prize singles at the 2017 World Press Photo Contest.
Photograph: Santi Palacios/AP