The boat that
would have capsized in rough seasaccording to the press release issued by Prime Minister Philip Davis, left the most populated island of the archipelago
with about 60 people on board.
Fifteen of the victims are women, a man and a child also lost their lives in this accident.
It is believed that their final destination was Miami, Floridasaid the head of the Bahamian government.
Seventeen compatriots died off the Bahamas and several [ont] missing on July 24. This new tragedy saddens the whole nationtweeted Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry.
The Bahamas, an archipelago of 700 islets (39 of which are inhabited) located 80 km southeast of the coast of Florida and north of Cuba, are regularly used as a transit land by migrants seeking to reach the United States. .
In Haiti, a country plagued by gang crime, where nearly half the population suffers from food insecurity, many residents regularly try to reach Florida illegally by sea, often stopping in the Bahamas or the islands. Turks and Caicos, under British authority.
I understand that the situation many of these migrants face encourages them to take such great riskssaid Philip Davis who calls
however those who plan to make such a trip, not to do it.