At least 300 migrants have gone missing trying to cross from Senegal to Spain’s Canary Islands on three boats.
The Dawn newspaper, Helena Malino of the migrant aid group Walking Borders said that two boats leaving Senegal to try to reach Spain have been missing for 15 days, one of which has about 65 people. And the other had 50 to 60 people on board.
It added that a third boat left Senegal on June 27, with about 200 migrants on board.
Helena Malino said that since the men boarded the boats, they had no contact with their families.
The three boats departed from Kefon Tyne in the south of Senegal, about 1,700 kilometers from Tne-Rife, one of the Canary Islands.
Helena Malino said her family is worried, with about 300 people from the same region of Senegal leaving due to instability.
The Canary Islands, off the coast of West Africa, have become the main destination for migrants trying to reach Spain, with a small number of people trying to cross the Mediterranean to Spanish mainland, all cross-border attempts. Summer is the busiest period for
The Atlantic migration route, one of the world’s deadliest routes, is commonly used by migrants from sub-Saharan Africa.
According to data from the United Nations International Organization for Migration, at least 559 people, including 22 children, have died trying to reach the Canary Islands during 2022.