Over 60 migrants are feared dead after a boat was discovered capsized near the Cape Verde peninsula of Senegal. As reported, 38 survivors, including children, were rescued and brought ashore to the island of Sal. The boat, drifting for over a month, predominantly carried Senegalese passengers. Cape Verde officials have advocated for international measures to prevent further migrant fatalities.
Details and Responses
The boat left Senegal on July 10 with 101 individuals and was found by a Spanish fishing boat approximately 320 kilometres from Sal. The survivors, some children between 12 and 16, are receiving medical attention focusing on rehydration and tests for conditions like malaria. Health Minister Filomena Goncalves and IOM spokeswoman Safa Msehli emphasized the need for global cooperation and safe migration pathways to avert such tragedies.
Migration Challenges in West Africa
The Cape Verde archipelago is a major migratory route to the Canary Islands, seen by many as a portal to the EU. Despite being one of the riskiest journeys, tens of thousands have embarked on it in the past three years, with over 2,500 recorded deaths. Motivations for these perilous ventures often stem from poverty, political instability, and the aspiration for a better life in Europe.