58 migrants drown after boat capsizes off northern Africa

by Daniel Payne · Dec 5th, 2019 3:47 pm

Aaj News Official

Last Updated Dec 5th, 2019 at 11:32 pm

Nearly five dozen migrants were killed after their boat capsized off the coast of Mauritania, a tragedy highlighting the ongoing steady exodus from the western African country of Gambia.

The ship, which was bound for Spain, was reportedly carrying around 150 migrants. Only 83 survivors managed to swim to shore.

Many Gambian migrants are transported across the eastern Atlantic waters by human smuggling operations. One Gambian official said the government needs to take "deliberate measures to crack down on smugglers."


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