Sudanese Migrants Perish in Tunisian Boat Mishap

 Sudanese Migrants Perish in Tunisian Boat Mishap

Tragedy struck off the Tunisian coast as a small boat carrying Sudanese migrants capsized, resulting in the loss of at least 13 lives, with 27 others feared missing. The incident occurred near the port of Chebba, where the Tunisian coast guard managed to rescue only two individuals from the wreckage.

According to regional court spokesperson Farid Ben Jha, the survivors revealed that all 42 passengers aboard hailed from Sudan and had departed from Sfax, a common departure point for migrants attempting the perilous journey across the Mediterranean to Europe.

This unfortunate event underscores the escalating trend of migration attempts from Tunisia, involving not only Tunisians but also individuals from other African countries. Last month, migration activists raised concerns over the harsh treatment of migrants in Tunisia, including mass expulsions and arbitrary arrests.

Reports from the Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights highlighted the dire conditions faced by migrants, particularly in areas bordering Libya and Algeria, as well as in Sfax, a city situated close to the Italian island of Lampedusa. As authorities intensify efforts to address the complex challenges of migration, tragedies like this serve as poignant reminders of the risks and hardships faced by those seeking refuge and better opportunities abroad.

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