Map of Nuabidú, Mauritania – EUROPAPRESS
MADRID, 5 (EUROPE PRESS)
At least 58 migrants have died this Wednesday after the ship in which they intended to reach together with a hundred people plus the Canary Islands, wrecked off the coast of the Mauritanian city of Nuadibú (northwest), according to the Ministry of Interior of the country African and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
The Government of Mauritania has reported in a statement that 150 to 180 migrants were traveling aboard the patera, mostly young people between 20 and 30 years old and from the Gambia, according to the testimony of the survivors, with whom they have also IOM contacted.
The international organization explained, meanwhile, that the migrants had left on November 27 from Gambia and that the boat had run out of fuel. The patera ended up wrecking about 25 kilometers off the Mauritanian coast, according to the official news agency AMI.
Local authorities, IOM and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have offered assistance to the victims, 83 of whom swam to shore. “Our common priority is to serve the survivors and give them the support they need,” said IOM mission head Laura Lungarotti, who thanked in a statement the “efficient” coordination of the Mauritanian government.
The Ministry of Interior of Mauritania has lamented the “tragedy”, derived from the “phenomenon of clandestine immigration that decimates African youth.” In this sense, he has called “join forces to end this deadly spiral”.