27 dead Following migrant boat capsizes off West African coast

Over 40 were originally feared dead on Thursday, according to reports from the U.N. refugee agency.

1 survivor was discovered during a rescue operation by Mauritania’s coast guard and attracted to Nouadhibou, the U.N. bureaus for migration and refugees said.

“Despite COVID-19 mobility limitations, migrants continue to be forced to tackle risky journeys,” stated the Mauritania leader of mission for the International Organization for Migration, Laura Lungarotti.

The ship left Dakhla, Western Sahara a variety of days past and has been heading for Spain’s Canary Islands, the U.N. bureaus stated. It had motor trouble and people on board were stranded at sea suffering from dehydration.

The majority of the passengers were out of sub-Saharan Africa.

The U.N. bureaus have called for authorities to help dismantle the”smuggling and trafficking networks which prosper off the despair of migrants and refugees seeking to go to Europe.”

Millions expired off Mauritania in efforts to achieve the Canary Islands between 2005 and 2010 before migrants started to use different paths. This past year, however, police started detaining more ships off Mauritania carrying countless migrants.

Back in December, 63 expired when a migrant ship. This past year, others are reported missing or dead on ships around the route.