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At Least 65 Migrants Drown After Boat Sinks in Mediterranean, U.N. Reports

HeadlineMay 13, 2019

The U.N. reported at least 65 people drowned when a boat carrying migrants across the Mediterranean sank Friday. The migrants came from a range of countries, including Bangladesh, Libya, Morocco and several Sub-Saharan African nations. This is a survivor of the shipwreck from Egypt, Mandour Mohamed.

Mandour Mohamed: “There were 75 of us. We sailed a little bit. Then, because of how many people were on the boat, the boat started filling up with water. It then sunk and capsized. This was 12:00, at midnight. We kept floating in the water until 8:00 in the morning. A small Tunisian boat then came to our rescue. They came and took us along with the Tunisian army. Thank god we are here in Tunis.”

Although the number of migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean has gone down since its peak in 2015, the U.N. warns the journey is increasingly fatal for those who undertake it. According to the International Organization for Migration, nearly 2,300 migrants died or went missing in the Mediterranean last year.

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