2020’s deadliest shipwreck to date, sees 140 migrants perish off Senegalese coast

2020’s deadliest shipwreck so far, sees 140 migrants perish off Senegalese coast



This newest tragedy follows 4 shipwrecks recorded within the Central Mediterranean final week and one other within the English Channel, prompting the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to name for “unity” between governments, companions and the worldwide group to “dismantle trafficking and smuggling networks that take advantage of desperate youth”.

“It is also important that we advocate for enhanced legal channels to undermine the traffickers’ business model and prevent loss of life”, said Bakary Doumbia, IOM Senegal’s Chief of Mission.  

Capsized lives and hopes

Local eyewitnesses advised the company that the vessel set sail on Saturday for Spain’s Canary Islands from the coastal city of Mbour in western Senegal. Just a few hours into the journey, the boat caught fireplace and capsized off the northwest coast of Senegal, close to Saint-Louis. 

The Government of Senegal and IOM have organized a mission to Saint-Louis to evaluate wants and supply quick psychosocial help to survivors. 

A hazardous spike

According to information studies, these touring by sea from Senegal have been refused European visas, so threat a dangerous voyage with the hopes of incomes sufficient cash to assist their households again residence.
In latest weeks, IOM mentioned that the variety of departures from West Africa to Spain’s Canary Islands has considerably elevated. 

The UN company has been monitoring coastal departures since early September and mentioned that in that month alone, 14 boats carrying 663 migrants left Senegal for the Canary Islands – 26 per cent of which reported having run into bother of been shipwrecked. 

IOM estimates that there have been roughly 11,000 arrivals to the Canary Islands this 12 months in comparison with 2,557 throughout the identical interval final 12 months. And though a big leap, it’s nonetheless far beneath the 2006 peak when greater than 32,000 folks arrived in search of entry. 

The lethal shipwreck brings the identified variety of deaths alongside this route in 2020 to at the very least 414, based on IOM’s Missing Migrants Project, which recorded 210 fatalities there in all of 2019.  



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