Spain is facing an unprecedented and “devastating” year on its borders, with a leading NGO saying more than 2,000 people have died or gone missing in the first six months of 2021 – almost The same number of people who died in the effort last year
In a ___ Reports Published on Tuesday, Walking Borders (Walking Borders) found that 2,087 people, including 341 women and 96 children, died or went missing trying to reach Spain by sea in late January and June this year. Last year, 2,170 migrants and refugees lost their lives or disappeared on their way home.
Kemnado Frontiers said the figures in the first half of 2021 were the worst it had recorded in 14 years to help rescue people fleeing Africa to Spain.
Once again, the Canary Islands’ Atlantic route has proved to be the deadliest so far this year, with 57 ships sinking, killing 1,922. This is followed by the Albron Sea (93 deaths in the nine wrecks), the Strait of Gibraltar (36 deaths in the nine wrecks) and the Algerian route (26 deaths in four wrecks).
The dead were citizens of 18 countries: Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania, Senegal, Guyana Conakry, Guyana Bissau, Gambia, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Nigeria, DRC, Burkina Faso, Comoros, Syria, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Yemen. And Sri Lanka.
The head of the NGO, Helena Malino, said the governments of Spain, Morocco, Mauritania and Algeria must now act if they want to avoid a much higher proportion of tragedies.
“We urge all concerned governments, and in particular the Spanish government, to convene an emergency meeting of the relevant ministries, as there is an urgent need to save lives on the way to Canaries,” Milano said. “This need needs to be addressed and steps must be taken to ensure that we do not have such embarrassing personalities in the next six months.”
“Failure to act will only increase the number of lives lost because it has already been a terrible year for deaths and disappearances,” he said.
He said: “Last year’s history was the worst when it came to statistics. This year, we’ve reached that figure in just six months, and I’m saying it clearly. We’re Spanish. Demanding the government to stop it now so that we do not have to talk about a catastrophic year on the border.
He said there has been an increase in the number of women and children en route to Cannes, who killed 1,851 people last year. He added that they now outnumber men in some boats.
The already dangerous route was made even more dangerous by the increasing use of inflatable boats. “The tragedy rate for these boats is very high. In the last six months, inflation boats have accounted for 33% of all warnings received on the Atlantic route. It’s too high. Even wooden boats are dangerous because their motors break down and the people who drive them do not know the seas nor how to navigate the high seas.
Theodore Bondial, secretary of the Federation of African Associations in Canary, said deaths on the island’s roads were becoming more common and becoming more common.
“We refer to them as victims of murder, and that’s not a metaphor,” he said. “The conditions that these people face, especially on the way to the canaries, they almost represent a death. The strange thing is that nothing more happens. We really, really, Worried, worried that this is becoming the norm and that people are dying in small boats and fast boats and we don’t know it.
Kimanodo Frontiers has saved hundreds of lives over the past few years by risking the trouble of crossing over to Africa and advancing their details so that they could be rescued by the Coast Guard and Maritime Rescue Services. He also charted and logged missing planes and worked with relatives and authorities to identify those missing and killed. The bodies of 95% of those who died or went missing were never recovered.
A new NGO report has been released Spanish police arrest two The alleged smuggler and the alleged captain of the boat, both involved in the alleged killing of more than 20 people, including a five-year-old girl, who died trying to reach the Canaries, were among 29 people killed on June 30 Was saved from
According to the Spanish Ministry of the Interior Between January and June this year, 6,952 migrants arrived in the Canary Islands, Compared to 2,706 in the same period in 2020.
More than 23,000 migrants and refugees arrived on the island last year, up from 2,687 in 2019. This increase put great pressure on the island’s reception infrastructure and led to deceptive conditions in makeshift camps.
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