More than 50 people have died in the last hours while trying to reach the Canary Islands in a boat after leaving the African coast. This has been denounced by the journalist and founder of the NGO Caminando Fronteras Helena Maleno, who has specified that there are a total of 57 deceased people, 12 of them minors.
The UN, “extremely concerned” about the disappearances and deaths on the migration route to the Canary Islands
Through his official Twitter account, Maleno explained that the rest of the victims are 28 women and 17 men. “Put an end to this massacre on the border,” he exclaimed in his tweet.
For now, the point from which the boat left is unknown, but it so happens that for seven days a boat that left Dakhla, in Western Sahara, has been looking for a boat that left with 62 people on board, bound for the Canary Islands.
“They managed to call by phone last morning to ask for help,” explained the activist, who points out that they asked to call “the navy” to be rescued. “Just a few seconds listening to their voices, their screams and silence again,” he lamented.
Just a week ago, the United Nations International Organization for Migration (IOM) stated that it was “extremely concerned” about the “strong” increase in deaths and disappearances on the different routes of the boats to the Canary Islands, which so far a year it has claimed more than 750 lives, double the number in 2020 on the same date.
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