Tragedy As 40 Migrants Dead; 90 Rescued As Boat Sinks Off Libyan Coast

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Migrant Boat

Migrant Boat

My people dying in a bid to get some living.

According to the BBC, in a tragic accident on Friday, up to 40 African migrants are feared to have drowned when their rickety boat sank off Libya’s coast, survivors say.

The migrants are believed to have come from sub-Saharan Africa – countries including Senegal, Mali and Benin. They told UN and aid agencies more than 120 people were on the boat when it started taking in water on Wednesday. A number of people – including women and children – drowned in the chaos that followed. Nearly 90 migrants were rescued and later arrived in Italy.

The UN says 60,000 people have already tried to cross the Mediterranean from North Africa this year. and more than 1,800 migrants have died – a 20-fold increase on the same period in 2014.

The surviving 90 migrants were picked up by a German military vessel operating the area, and have now been taken to Augusta, Sicily, where they are being interviewed by the UN

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