Otas and Faith Osunbor alongside their two children of ages seven and five, were on a voyage to Italy through the Mediterranean.
They named their newborn “Newman”. An MSF midwife on board the ship MV Aquarius, Jonquil Nicholl described the birth as
“normal… in dangerously abnormal conditions”.
“I am filled with horror at the thought of what would have happened if this baby had arrived 24 hours earlier in that unseaworthy rubber boat, with fuel on the bottom where the women sit, crammed in with no space to move, at the mercy of the sea.
“And 48 hours previously they were waiting on a beach in Libya not knowing what was ahead of them.”
“Just over an hour ago a baby boy was born on board the Aquarius. Mom, baby, dad and 2 big brothers are all well,” she said.
“The gorgeous little guy was born in international waters; so, his nationality is still under discussion”, she added.