Pope Francis has asked European leaders to address the plight of 49 refugees and migrants stranded off the coast of Malta.

The migrants and refugees have been living aboard two NGO rescue ships after they were saved from their unsafe boats.

Both Italy and Malta have closed their ports to rescue ships, following the hard line set by many EU countries on immigration.

Al Jazeera's Paul Chaderjian reports.

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