43 migrants dead as boat capsized off Morocco...

43 migrants dead as boat capsized off Morocco

 International Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 12:39 PM, 18 January 2022  



At least 43 migrants, including three children, have been killed when their boat capsized off the coast of the southern Moroccan city of Tarfaya. Besides, 10 migrants were rescued alive from the boat capsizing accident.

News agency AFP reported this in a report on Tuesday (January 18), citing the source of Spanish news agency Caminando Fronteras, which works to protect the rights of migrants. This Spanish company is also known as Walking Borders.  

“Survivors were screaming for help” after the boat carrying migrants sank off the southern coast of Morocco on Sunday morning, AFP reported. “After two hours, it was possible to contact them.”

According to Caminando Fronteras, it took Moroccan authorities several hours to identify and rescue the boat. Of the 43 dead, only two have been recovered so far.

The migrants were sailing to the Canary Islands, an island off the coast of Spain. The island is located 100 kilometers (62 miles) off the southern coast of Tarfaya. In recent months, this North African country has become very popular for migrants as a “transit route” to Europe.

According to the human rights group Caminando Fronteras, more than 4,000 migrants died or were missing at sea in 2021 alone as they tried to enter Spain illegally - which is double than 2020.

The bodies of most of these migrants who died or were missing at sea have not been found.

Source: NDTV