At first it was almost too shocking to believe.
Whole families were putting their lives at risk in flimsy boats, crossing the Mediterranean to Europe.
Then it became a sad but familiar part of the nightly news.
Now, maybe we even take it for granted.
But can we really understand why people would make such a dangerous journey – one that has killed over 8,000 travellers in two years?
Maybe Hannah’s story will help to explain.