Posted by: africanpressorganization | 1 April 2009

Libya / Some 300 African migrants gone missing off the coast



Libya / Some 300 African migrants gone missing off the coast


TRIPOLI, Libya, April 1, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Daily press briefing by the office of the spokesperson for the UN secretary-general


The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) says it is shocked at reports that some 300 African migrants trying to reach Europe have gone missing off the coast of Libya.  Two dozen of them have been pulled alive from the waters by Libyan coast guards.  Rescue efforts continue, but it is feared that a large number among the migrants may not have survived the capsizing of the vessels.  They include a considerable number of women and children, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and regional officials.


SOURCE : United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General


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