According to journalists from AFP, Senegal brought back on Monday from Cape Verde approximately forty of its people who had survived a crossing that was supposed to take them to Europe but instead resulted in the deaths of approximately sixty migrants.
The Senegalese military plane that carried the survivors back to the country landed at an air base in the middle of Dakar at the end of the afternoon yesterday. All of the survivors were men, and the majority of them were young. They had been rescued the previous week on board a canoe off the coast of Cape Verde.
They were among the one hundred people from Senegal and one person from Bissau-Guinea who set sail on July 10 from the fishing village of Fass Boye (west) in an effort to cross the Atlantic Ocean and make it to Europe via the coastline of Africa.
On August 14, their boat was located in international waters off the coast of the Cape Verdean archipelago, and there were officially 38 survivors. The rescue workers discovered seven bodies.
Annette Seck Ndiaye, the Minister Delegate for Senegalese Abroad, stated that these individuals will be buried in Cape Verde. The ministerial representative, who had just returned from Cape Verde with her compatriots, explained to the journalists that the decision had been reached after consulting with the families of the victims.
When the survivors finally got there, their loved ones were there to greet them and give them a warm welcome.
According to the minister’s representative, one of the survivors is still being treated in Cape Verde because “his state of health did not allow him to make the trip.” He chose to stay in Cape Verde.
Despite the perilous nature of the journey, every year thousands of people from Africa, many of whom are escaping war or poverty and looking for a better life, follow the same maritime path to try to make it to Europe. Unfortunately, this route has claimed the lives of hundreds of people.
Smugglers, who are also in charge of paying for the trip, provide them with flimsy boats or powered canoes for transportation. The Canary Islands, an archipelago off the coast of Spain, serve as an entry point for many people into Europe.