Only one of the eight children who traveled in the pare that came to El Hierro on Thursday has survived

The pawl located on Thursday last Thursday at the southwest of El Hierro transported eight children and girls and only one survived 11 days of hard journey in t

Only one of the eight children who traveled in the pare that came to El Hierro on Thursday has survived

The pawl located on Thursday last Thursday at the southwest of El Hierro transported eight children and girls and only one survived 11 days of hard journey in the middle of the Atlantic.

The vessel left on August 15 from Dajla, in Western Sahara, with 55 people on board, according to the testimonies collected by the NGO walking borders, of which 28 were women and eight children. They only survived 26. 29 people died, of which 24 were no longer in the vessel when Maritime Salvage rescued its occupants on the high seas.

They could be 27 the survivors, but a woman from the coast of ivory in advanced state of gestation died in the Arguineguín Pier Boca after a cardiorespiratory stop.

In the vessel of maritime rescue that brought them to firm ground, four corpses were also: two women of ivory coast, one of 30 and 40 years old, and the other of about 25; A 30-year-old man from Mali and an ivory coast girl. According to Red Cross heads in Canarias, most of the survivors presented dehydration, erosions and burns because of the sun.

"They come in very bad conditions," said Vice President of Red Cruz in Canarias, Gerardo Santana, as soon as he disembarked at the Arguineguín Pier on Saturday night. A red cross spokesman detailed that one of the deceased had perished after drinking water from the sea and due to lack of food. His woman, who went with him on board, survived.

Helena Maleno, spokesman for walking borders, notes that they have not stopped receiving "desperate" calls from France, Costa de Ivory, Guinea and Morocco, asking about family and relatives who were in this pare are alive or dead. Among them, a man from Morocco who asked about him and by his eight-month baby whom he could not accompany in this journey because he did not give him the money. Or the father of the only survivor girl, who traveled with her mother, who she does not know if she died, and if so, moving from emergency to Canarias to take care of the little one.

Some have been identified through the photos of the landing in Arguineguín. Walking borders is recorded with two pneumatic boats missing in recent days, one who left so-so with 42 people on board, and another from the Aaiún with 58. From the latter enclave they left in early August two other vessels, one with 62 people and another who arrived in Mauritania with seven survivors.

Walking borders number 1,922 victims in 57 shipwrecks on the Canarian route of immigration during the first half of the year. Period in which it is recorded in addition to 42 disappeared vessels on all migratory routes by sea to Spain, of which 36 in the Canary Islands.

July and August "They are being terrible", with disappeared vessels "every week," says Helena Maleno, who points to a combination of factors to explain the tragic balance of the Canarian route, considered the most dangerous in the world. "Normally" the boats that come out of Dajla "are lost", either by the distance to Canarias (almost 500 kilometers), or by the imperition in navigating those who handle them; And then there is the use of tires, often "patched", which are not suitable to navigate in the Atlantic.

"Each time they are leaving worse vessels," Maleno points. If you are joined by "the uncovering" between countries and "the lack of means and fatigue" of the rescue teams "gives us the dimension of the tragedy of human rights" that is being lived in the Canary Islands. He believes the spokeswoman for walking borders that "lack of political will to put this humanitarian crisis at the center. And there are reinforcements." Helena Maleno insists that this crisis "is not only the competition of the Ministry of the Interior", but "has many edges", and that the host of immigrants is "a pending subject".

As it is, in its opinion, the absence of a protocol of attention to people who reach the coast and their relatives, similar to the one applied in multiple tragedies, such as a natural catastrophe or a plane crash.

Instead, they are applied to the Law of Immigration "as soon as they touch land, they are questioned at the foot of the beach, at the foot of the Patera. It is a terrible pain," Crites Maleno. "These statements do harm. We must wait for them to recover," says, while claiming "other springs" to respond and accompany those who call desperate to know about their relatives or friends, as in the case of the paterae found About 500 kilometers from iron, when it was lost in the immensity of the ocean. Maleno considers that those who traveled in it and died at least had "luck, among quotation marks", to be found, or if they finished in the sea, that there is "a story to give to families."

Updated Date: 03 September 2021, 12:52

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