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Eritreans and Sudanese among survivors from capsized boat in the Mediterranean

Eritreans and Sudanese among 145 survivors from a tragic boat accident off the coast of Libya

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A victim and survivors of the tragic incident. Photo source : DW Amharic

July 25, 2019

At least 100 refugees and migrants are reported killed after a boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea. 

The boat was capsized in the town of al Khoms which is located about 120 kilometers east of Libya’s capital, Tripoli, according to a report by Aljazeera which cited International Organization for Migration as a source.

There are different reports regarding the number of people killed in the accident. Latest reports that cite refugee and migration agencies say the number of people killed is about 150.

“I am horrified by reports that about 150 people died in a shipwreck off the coast of Libya. We need safe, legal routes for migrants and refugees. Every migrant searching for a better life deserves safety and dignity,” the secretary-general of the United Nations, António Guterres, tweeted on Thursday. 

Women and children are among the victims of the tragedy.

Origin countries of the victims are not yet established. However, the latest update on twitter by IOM indicates that most of the survivors are Eritreans and Sudanese.

“Survivors from the shipwreck, mainly Eritreans and Sudanese report some 250 were on the boat before it capsized off the coast of Khums after engine failure…,” said IOM in a Twitter message.

Those who survived the tragic incident, and they are believed to be 145, are taken to back to the Libyan shore.  Local fishermen were first responders; they picked up survivors who were later taken to the shore by Libyan coastguards.

The Libyan sea route to Europe is the most dangerous one. This year alone, the IOM has reported about 700 deaths, as reported by Aljazeera.

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  1. Whether they are Eritreans or Sudanese those are all our flesh and blood. Woe!! Woe!!! Woe!!! Woe My Beloved People!!! Woe! Woe! Woe!!! They are resting in peace with the Lord now!!! No more pain, no more agony, no more worry about the world around them, no more looking over their shoulders!!!

    From The Old Negro Spirituals:

    Soon it would be done and it was done
    Trouble! of the world! Gone for good for them
    Going home! to live! with The Lord!!!
    No more! weapin unwilling
    No more! weapin unwilling
    No more! weapin unwilling
    Going home! to live! with The Lord!
    Oh, freedom, Oh, freedom,
    Oh freedom over me.
    And before I’d be a slave
    I’d be buried in my grave
    And go home to my Lord and be free.

    They have left to be with The Lord, The Almighty Our Creator, The Most Gracious and The Most Merciful!!!!

  2. I find it very shocking that the Eritrean mafia regime to this day hasn’t made any political reforms/changes to enable the youth greater freedom. The freedom I’m talking is the basic necessity of all human beings, the right to choose your destiny. Whether it is get married and settle down or order study at university or to open your own business which none of all these things that young eritreans can on do under this Mafia regime. Because the regime considers the youth not as human beings but as objects. I hope and prayIssayse Afworki and his mafia network end up in hell for all the evil they have committed and continued to turn a blind eye on the tragic news of Eritreans dying in the Mediterranean sea and in the Sahara desert or at the hand of human traffickers. I am ashamed to be Eritrean because of this evil and selfish mafia regime.


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