Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Another Capsized Boat!

Capsized migrant boat 'kills 30'.

The Canary Islands are seen as a gateway to Europe. Up to 30 West African migrants are thought to have died after their boat capsized off the coast of Mauritania. Rescuers plucked 14 people from the hull of a pirogue, or motorised canoe, which overturned in strong winds in the Atlantic Ocean, marine officials said.
Reports said the migrants were trying to reach the Spanish Canary Islands, off the coast of West Africa. Most were Mauritanian, with passengers from Senegal, Mali, Nigeria, Guinea and Guinea-Bissau also on board.
Thousands of Africans leave their homes each year in an effort to start a new life in Europe.
Many head for the Canary Islands or trek through the Sahara desert towards Spanish enclaves on the north African coastline.
Several died in September in violence which broke out during attempts to storm the enclave of Ceuta.

BBC NEWS REPORT

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