Three boats carrying at least 300 migrants went missing on their way from Senegal to the Spanish Canary Islands.
News sources reported that a migrant aid group called “Walking Borders” reported last Sunday that 300 people were missing on three boats carrying migrants traveling from Senegal to Spain’s Canary Islands.
These two boats, one carrying about 65 people and the other between 50 and 60 passengers, have been missing for 15 days. The third boat left Senegal on June 27 with 200 passengers. All three boats set off from the village of Kafontein in southern Senegal, which is about 1,700 kilometers from Tenerife, one of the Canary Islands.
The Atlantic migration route, one of the deadliest in the world, is commonly used by migrants from sub-Saharan Africa. At least 559 people, including 22 children, died trying to reach the Canary Islands in 2022, according to data from the UN’s International Organization for Migration.