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Two Gambians Confirm Death in Kaffountine Migrant Boat Accident

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By Kebba Ansu Manneh

Gambia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs responsible for Gambians living abroad has confirmed the death of two Gambian citizens in the Kaffountine migrant boat accident that occurred off-shore of Senegalese territory on 26th June 2022.

In a press release issued on 5th July 2022, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad disclosed that The Gambian High Commission in Dakar indicate that, the pirogue that was carrying the migrants caught fire resulting in the death of several people, noting that ninety-two (92) people survived the incident while several others were rescued

According to the released eight  Gambians, eight Guineans, four  Nigerians, three Bissau-Guineans, and sixty-nine Senegalese were rescued from the boat incident, while disclosed that ten  Bissau-Guineans, two Gambians, with the remaining being Senegalese met their untimely death during the incident.

“The Government of The Gambia through its diplomatic Mission in Dakar confirms that the search for the identities of the missing migrants is still ongoing and the Mission is in-touch with the Senegalese authorities,” the Foreign Affairs ministry revealed in its presser.

It added: “The Ministry prays for God’s infinite mercy and forgiveness on the souls of the departed and further prays that God grants the families the fortitude to bear the loss.”

“Latest information from our High Commission in Dakar indicates that the pirogue caught fire, causing the death of several people.

Ninety-two survivors were rescued, including eight Gambians, eight Guineans, four Nigerians, three Bissau-Guineans and 69 Senegalese,” the ministry said.

“The deceased include 10 Bissau-Guineans, two Gambians, with the remaining being Senegalese.

“The Government of The Gambia through its diplomatic Mission in Dakar, confirms that the search for the identities of the missing migrants is still ongoing and the mission is in touch with the Senegalese authorities.

“The Ministry prays for God’s infinite mercy and forgiveness on the souls of the departed and further prays that God grants the families the fortitude to bear the loss,” it added.

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