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At least 17 Haitian migrants found dead after ship sinks off Bahamas

Published: 25.07.2022 – 00:39Modified: 07/25/2022 – 00:40

Seventeen Haitian migrants died Sunday after a ship sank off the coast of the Bahamas. Prime Minister Philip Davis believes “their final destination was Miami” in the United States.

The bodies of seventeen Haitian migrants, including fifteen women and a child, were found dead. Another 25 people were rescued at sea during the rescue operation, which continued on Sunday, July 24, after the crash of a ship off the Bahamas, Bahamian authorities said.

The ship, which, according to a press release from Prime Minister Philip Davis, “would capsize in the face of rough seas,” has left the archipelago’s most populous island “with about 60 people on board.”

“It is believed that their final destination was Miami, Florida,” said the head of the Bahamian government.

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“This new drama saddens the entire nation,” wrote Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry.

Regular attempts by migrants

The Bahamas, an archipelago of 700 islets (39 of which are inhabited) located 80 kilometers southeast of the coast of Florida and north of Cuba, are regularly used as transit land by migrants seeking to enter the United States.

In Haiti, a bandit-ridden country where nearly half the population is food insecure, many residents regularly try to get to Florida illegally by sea, often stopping in the Bahamas or the British-ruled Turks and Caicos Islands.

“I understand that the situation that many of these migrants face encourages them to take such a big risk,” said Philip Davis, who urged “however, those who are considering such a trip do not.”

With AFP

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