Death of 98 people in a shipwreck: Barsakh continues – Lequotidien

Death of 98 people in a shipwreck: Barsakh continues – Lequotidien
Death of 98 people in a shipwreck: Barsakh continues – Lequotidien

The images are unbearable. The toll of the capsizing of a boat in Ndiago, located a few km from Saint-Louis, would have caused, according to the latest report collected by Le Quotidien from security and diplomatic sources, 98 deaths. While their pirogue had left the Senegalese-Gambian border with 170 migrants on board, only 9 people including a five-year-old girl were saved by Mauritanian coastguards. The others are missing, showing that departures to European coasts are increasing. Especially since it is the season with the end of winter that compromises the movements of candidates for irregular emigration.

Beyond the NGOs’ statement, the authorities have remained silent on this new tragedy. Until Saturday. At Gaston Berger University in Saint-Louis, the Prime Minister commented on this affair on the sidelines of the Set-setal day organized in Saint-Louis: “Yet another shipwreck has occurred off our coasts and which, while waiting to have the exact figures, would have cost the lives of many young people. I am once again appealing to these young people, your solution is not found in the offices, the countries that some young people want to go and join, I can assure you that they themselves are either in crisis or at the beginning of a crisis! The future of the world is in Africa and you young people must be aware of this. The only continent that still has significant room for progress and growth, the only continent that should drive world growth in the next 50 years. This continent is Africa.” He continues: “The debate is simple: will this growth of Africa be done by others and without Africans or will it be done by Africans mainly, and incidentally, those who come to invest will also have the right to come. The answer that we have given is very clear, no one will do our development for us. We will no longer accept that our natural resources are plundered to leave us with poverty and unemployment that will push you young people to leave…”

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