Pregnant women of all ages and three youngsters have been among the 27 persons who drowned trying to cross the Channel in an inflatable boat. The tragedy occurred on Wednesday and is the deadliest incident due to the fact the migration disaster started.
Diane Taylor has been reporting on the disaster from equally sides of the Channel for several years as individuals-smugglers have switched their emphasis away from lorries to the considerably more perilous route throughout the 21-mile stretch of h2o in small boats. She tells Hannah Moore that at the coronary heart of the dilemma is a political failure of both the United kingdom and France to give plenty of risk-free and lawful routes to asylum.
We also listen to from Ali, a 28-yr-old gentleman from Iran who has fled religious persecution in his residence nation and attained the Uk soon after a previous terrifying try that ended with the passengers in his dinghy being rescued by a passing vessel and returning him to France.
On Thursday morning, irrespective of the tragedy that experienced unfolded just several hours prior to, extra people experienced clambered into barely seaworthy modest boats to attempt the identical crossing.
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