DAKAR, Senegal — Dozens of folks remained missing and feared useless Saturday after a wooden boat capsized off the fly of Senegal, the most up-to-date tragedy in a country where untold hundreds comprise tried to migrate to Europe by sea.
Senegalese migrants comprise long risked their lives at sea aboard little fishing boats for a risk to reach Europe, and the industrial hardships prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic comprise led to a resurgence of attempts.
Many are embarking for the Canary Islands, the Spanish archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean off the northwestern fly of Africa, where arrivals comprise elevated by 750% closing year.
Now no longer lower than 849 folks died this year on the path to the Canary Islands, extra than four times as many as any of the previous six years, per a account by the U.N.’s migration company.
These touring by sea comprise on the total been refused visas for European nations nonetheless grab the risk of a dangerous voyage for the probability to develop ample money to enhance their families support home.
Senegalese authorities comprise tried to discourage the efforts, even prosecuting the fathers of some who tried to migrate. The boats, despite the actual fact that, on the total build off off in the useless of evening of evening and family members simplest be taught of the voyage later.