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US News Migrants: Senegal denies the death toll of 140 deaths in the sinking of a canoe

17:05  31 october  2020
17:05  31 october  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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 Austria: grandmothers mobilize to welcome migrants from Moria camp © AP Photo / Kerstin Joensson Migrants cross the German-Austrian border in October 2015 (illustration). Austrian grandmothers are mobilizing for the country to welcome migrants from Moria, the camp on the Greek island of Lesvos devastated by fire. They are called the Omas gegen Rechts, in French, "the grannies against the right-wing" and they have been camping for a month in front of the chancellery to change Chancellor Sebastian Kurz's mind, who has so far refused to welcome some.

Des pirogues sur la plage de Soumbédioune à Dakar (photo d'illustration). © RFI / Ndiassé SAMBE Canoes on Soumbédioune beach in Dakar (illustration photo).

In Senegal, it is still unclear the number of migrants who died in the sinking of the canoe that caught fire last week. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) had announced a death toll of 140 but the Senegalese government disputes this figure.

With our correspondent in Dakar, Théa Ollivier

The information disseminated by the International Organization for Migration is "unfounded", according to the Senegalese Ministry of the Interior. He denies the disappearance of 140 migrants when a pirogue sank last week after its engine caught fire.

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"The competent state services have recovered six lifeless bodies recovered by a private fishing vessel," the statement said. They were all "deposited in the morgue of the Aristide le Dantec hospital, in Dakar for autopsy" but no death related to this accident has been established, assures the Minister of the Interior which recalls that 51 people were rescued by the Senegalese navy or by the Spanish Civil Guard during this shipwreck.

However, in a message of condolence, two days after the tragedy, President Macky Sall deplored "the loss of ten young people". Residents of the Pikine neighborhood in Saint-Louis, where most of the migrants came from, spoke of around 20 missing the day after the accident.

According to IOM, this is "the deadliest shipwreck of 2020".

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