Jul 07

Almost 1000 already dead trying to reach Spain this year

At least 951 people, including 49 children, have died while trying to reach Spain by sea in the first six months of 2023. Al Jazeera quotes a report by human rights organisation Caminando Fronteras (Walking Borders) as saying that the people lost at sea hailed from Algeria, Cameroon, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Mali, Morocco, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, and The Gambia. The access route to Spain via the Canary Islands accounted for the highest number of recorded deaths, with up to 778 people losing their lives in 28 incidents.