World More than 40 migrants die in a shipwreck off Morocco

00:10  18 january  2022
00:10  18 january  2022 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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According to the Spanish NGO Caminando Fronteras, 43 migrants perished on Sunday, January 16 in the shipwreck of the boat that took them to Spain.

Forty-three migrants , including 3 babies and 14 women, perished on Sunday, January 16, 2022 after the sinking of their boat off Tarfaya, south of the Morocco , indicated on Monday the NGO Spanish Caminando Fronteras .

Among the 43 dead migrants - mostly from sub-Saharan Africa -, only two remains were recovered, said the association which establishes its balance sheets on the basis of the testimonies of the survivors or families of migrants.

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Ten survivors

ten people from the boat could be rescued, according to the same source.

"The ten survivors, including six women, called for help at four o'clock in the morning (Sunday) and maintained communication up to six hours [...] it took hours to the authorities (Moroccan) to locate them And save the boat off Tarfaya ", detailed a spokesman for the Spanish NGO.

These migrants were trying to win the Canary Islands, Spain, located about a hundred kilometers from Tarfaya.

No additional information about this sinking has been communicated from Moroccan official source.

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migrants located at the northwestern tip of Africa, Morocco is a transit country for many migrants looking to join Europe, from its Atlantic or Mediterranean coast.

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The bodies of two men have also been discovered, on a Sunday and the other Monday, off the Spanish Island of Fuerteventura, in the Canary Islands archipelago, a spokesman for the Spanish Civil Guard .

The autopsy is in progress but "everything indicates that it is migrants" who have been to be on the high seas since a moment ", he added.

4,000 dead migrants between Morocco and Spain in 2021

according to a balance sheet in early January of Caminando Fronteras, more than 4,000 migrants died or disappeared last year when crossing sea to Spain, either Twice more than in 2020.

the bodies of almost all of them (94%) have never been found and are therefore recognized as missing.

EN 2021, more than 37,300 migrants, largely from Morocco, arrived by the sea in Spain (in the peninsula as well as in the archipelars of the Balearic and Canaries), according to the latest figures of the Spanish Ministry inside.

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