What would persuade you to board a creaking, overcrowded boat for a voyage you know might kill you?
Make you hand over thousands of dollars to gangsters and middle-men for the privilege? Convince you take such a terrible risk?
More than a thousand migrants have died crossing from Africa to Europe in the last few weeks. The Red Cross has been on the front line helping survivors.
More people will attempt the crossing today. Some may have set off in the last few hours, fearing their flimsy boat could sink in the time it takes you to read this story.
Survivors have described the harrowing scenes when boats do capsize. Doaa, a Syrian teenager, told Channel 4 News: “People died in front of me. I started to move the corpses with my hands just to reach the living.” More