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170 African Migrants Drowned On Boat To Libya While Searching For Greener Pastures

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August 22, 2014 – 170 African Migrants Drowned On Boat To Libya While Searching For Greener Pastures

A boat accident has killed 170 African migrants travelling to Tripoli in search for better way of life.

According to Libyan coastguard officials, today a boat carrying 170 illegal migrants from sub-Saharan Africa was feared lost at sea off the capital Tripoli.

“We are looking for 170 African passengers on a wooden boat that has foundered off the Guarakouzi area” some 60 kilometres (35 miles) east of Tripoli, coastguard official Abdellatif Mohammed Ibrahim told AFP.

“A few miles off the coast, we found the remains of a wooden boat which had had some 200 migrants on board,” he said.

“We managed to save 16 people and recovered 15 bodies, but the search continues for some 170 people who disappeared at sea,” Ibrahim told AFP.

He said the coastguard was lacking in resources, and had only one patrol boat to search for the missing people.

An AFP journalist reported seeing the body of a child who was nevertheless wearing a life-jacket.

The coastguard official was unable to give any firm details of the nationalities of the victims or survivors, but added: “It seems that among them are Somalis and Eritreans.”

On Thursday, Tunisian fishermen rescued 75 migrants who had been drifting at sea for five days after leaving Libya aboard an inflatable in an attempt to reach Italy.

The migrants were in a state of extreme fatigue by the time they made landfall in Zarzis, in southern Tunisia, where emergency services took charge of them, an AFP correspondent reported.

Earlier this month, Tunisian coastguards intercepted 90 African migrants whose makeshift boat heading from Libya for the Italian island of Lampedusa broke down off Zarzis.

Would-be immigrants often attempt the crossing from Libya or Tunisia to Lampedusa in rickety boats.

On August 12, EU border agency Frontex said the number of boat migrants arriving in Italy soared 500 percent in the first half of the year, already topping a 2011 record during the Arab Spring uprisings.

The Warsaw-based agency said 78,300 people had arrived in the European Union by the end of July via the hazardous Mediterranean route from Libya to mainly Italy, but also Malta.

“Libya is highly unstable as it is now, and that means that the people-smuggling networks are flourishing,” Frontex spokeswoman Izabella Cooper told AFP.



  1. Prophet Gbenga Rotimi"KINI IWO NFE"

    August 22, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    May their soul Rest In Peace(AMEN).

  2. b.tawio

    August 22, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    This abroad of a thing is more or less than Nigeria,be determined no miracle honestly

  3. Nino

    August 22, 2014 at 7:02 PM

    What a sad story,Rest In Peace is all I gat to say,heaven knows why.

  4. starganja

    August 22, 2014 at 7:03 PM


  5. Rule of law

    August 22, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    Its quite an unfortunate risk.

  6. Rule of law

    August 22, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    May their soul rest in peace.


    August 22, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    Every time i hear such stories i feel sad headache and nervous. This Europeans have cheated we Africans by this modern day slavery system that means you can only leave on earth in their country as a slave by bringing your self instead of them to come and catch us. sorry for we Africans & Arabs it rely unfortunate, man made calamity to our brothers and sisters

    • mamafrica

      August 23, 2014 at 8:27 AM

      True talk brother.

  8. UC

    August 22, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    What!!! May their souls rest in peace

  9. princesaam

    August 22, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    o ma se ooo

  10. bezo

    August 22, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    Many from edo state

  11. First lady Patience Ebele

    August 22, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    I dont know what to said

  12. God's time

    August 22, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    No greener pasture anywhere, it’s only prayer dat can see one through.

  13. Ayaba

    August 23, 2014 at 5:29 AM

    sad sad sad

    • cynthia

      August 23, 2014 at 3:16 PM


  14. justice

    August 23, 2014 at 6:37 AM

    pls stay in your country and stop developing other’s country any way .RIP

  15. justice

    August 23, 2014 at 6:38 AM


  16. DILO

    August 23, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    @bezo are u from ebo state?

  17. cynthia

    August 23, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    rip all

  18. kbgolden

    August 23, 2014 at 6:08 PM

    We human being take a lot of risk…. I no life itself is a risk bt nt illegal way… RIP

  19. Wani25

    August 23, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    Their Soul Is Not Resting In Anywere Cos Dey Personally Kill Their Selves,Everyday D New About Such Accident Is Everywere And Dey Are Still Taking Such Risk,Dey Are Looking For Greener Pasture And Now Is Watery Pasture,Only God Knows.

  20. kelly

    August 23, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    May their soul rest in peace.

  21. Omotosho

    August 23, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    May there soul rest in peace

  22. augustinejunior

    August 23, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    may u people souls rest in perfect peace

  23. kris Paul

    August 24, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    So painful.negligent on the part of our government to provide for it citizens.sigh,GOd have mercy on their soul

  24. wealth

    August 24, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    is a petty. RIP

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