56,800 dead and missing: The hidden toll of migration

  • Khaled Arfaoui, 25, who wants to leave Tunisia, poses for photo at the beach where migrants leave for Italy, in the town of Ras Jabal, Bizerte, Tunisia, on April 14, 2018. He says, “If I get the chance, I’ll do it. Even if I fear the sea and I know I might die, I’ll do it.” From the closest points to Europe in Tunisia, Ras Jebel in the north and the Kerkennah Islands in the east, it’s a half-day sail if all goes well. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

  • The father of Majdi Al Barhoumi, who went missing in 2011, holds photos of him, at their home in the town of Ras Jabal, Bizerte, Tunisia, on April 12, 2018. As global migration has soared to record highs, far less visible has been its toll: The tens of thousands of people who die or simply disappear during their journeys, never to be seen again. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

  • Sofia Al Bahari holds a photo of her son, Majdi Al Barhoumi, who went missing in 2011, at her home in the town of Ras Jabal, Bizerte, Tunisia, on April 12, 2018. As global migration has soared to record highs, far less visible has been its toll: The tens of thousands of people who die or simply disappear during their journeys, never to be seen again. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

  • A worker extracts a sample of an unidentified man’s body for DNA analysis at the mortuary in the Hillbrow neighborhood of Johannesburg on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. It’s South Africa’s busiest morgue, with 3,000 bodies being investigated every year. Ten per cent of those remain unclaimed and unidentified. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen)

  • This Wednesday, April 11, 2018 photo shows burial plots in a cemetery outside Johannesburg. At least five bodies of unidentified people are buried on top of each other in each grave. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen)

  • In this Thursday, April 12, 2018 photo, mortuary workers carry the coffin of an unidentified man for burial at a cemetery outside Johannesburg. At least five bodies of unidentified people are buried on top of each other in each grave. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen)

JOHANNESBURG — As migration rises worldwide, so has its toll: The tens of thousands of people who die or simply disappear during their journeys. Barely counted in life, these migrants rarely register in death — almost as if they never lived at all.

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