EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC) leader Mama Kandeh, Tuesday led a delegation to Barra, where they paid condolences to families of young people who died at sea off the coast the West African state of Mauritania.
At least 60 young Gambians died in the shipwreck last Thursday while attempting to travel to Europe through irregular migration.
The incident was reported by the United Nations migration agency –IOM-, saying the boat that was carrying migrants that left The Gambia a week earlietr have capsized. The boat is said to have been carrying an estimated 150 migrants and got stank as it approached the coast of Mauritania on Wednesday. Eighty-three others, including two women and at least 10 minors who managed to swim to shore are receiving medical assistance.
The party’s national youth president, MC Cham Junior said the tragedy was a serious concern to them as Gambians and that was why their leader and his delegation decided to conduct the house-to-house visit to the bereaved families to show their condolences and give out their token.
“This was not a political mission. We feel that we are all Gambians and we should share our grief together at time of trying,” he said.
Gambia government has earlier confirmed that 52 of its citizens have died in a perilous boat accident along the Mauritanian sea, while several others who escaped were receiving care but in a later statement, it said the dead toll had risen to at least 60 people.