Friday, November 3, 2023

“9 Migrants Found Dead Near Algerian Border in Tunisia”


In recent days, the bodies of nine migrants from sub-Saharan African countries were discovered in western Tunisia near the Algerian border, according to a judicial official. Tunisia has long been a popular transit point for migrants attempting to make the dangerous sea journey from North Africa to Europe, with its coastline less than 150 km from the Italian island of Lampedusa. The bodies were found in the mountains near Haidra, and an investigation has been launched to determine the cause of death. Preliminary information suggests that cold, thirst, and fatigue may have been contributing factors. The Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights has urged authorities to provide a humanitarian response to the deadly migration policies of the EU, which contravene the right to movement of people in the Global South. Dozens of migrants have drowned in shipwrecks off Tunisia’s shores this year while attempting to reach Europe. The group has criticised the Tunisian authorities for their silence on migration tragedies and the policy of militarisation of borders.

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