Monday, February 4th, 2019

28 Haitians dead after ship sinks off Bahamas: officials (lead)

Published 5:46 pm | February 04, 2019

At least 28 Haitians have drowned off the coast of Abaco in the Bahamas, officials said Sunday, the latest tragedy at
sea for migrants seeking to leave the Caribbean’s poorest economy.

“Thus far, a total of 17 persons have been rescued alive and 28 bodies have
been recovered from the water” after two days of dive operations, the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force said.

The incident unfolded Saturday when the ship carrying the Haitians sank
near Fowl Cay, six miles (10 kilometers) off the coast of Marsh Harbour,
Abaco.

Fifteen survivors and 13 dead bodies were recovered Saturday in a joint
mission between the RBDF and US Coast Guard. On Sunday, two more survivors
were found alive on a nearby cay in addition to 15 bodies in the sunken
vessel.

In a tweet, the US embassy in Haiti described the ship as a vessel
trafficking people out of Haiti, adding: “No journey is worth risking lives –
please urge families and communities: Illegal migrant & smuggling operations
are dangerous and frequently end in tragedy.”

The RBDF added that this year alone, some 300 Haitians had been apprehended
for illegal entry during four separate incidents.

In a country where more than 60 percent of the population lives on less
than two dollars a day, there are frequent attempts to reach the Bahamas or
Turks and Caicos illegally.

In recent years, thousands of young Haitians have migrated to Chile or
Brazil, countries where visas are more easily obtained.

Although Haitians historically have gone to the United States, and to
Florida in particular, the flow of migrants has shifted to Canada and other
neighboring countries.

Since a devastating earthquake in 2010, about 60,000 Haitians have found
temporary protected status in the United States.

US President Donald Trump’s administration announced in 2017 it was
terminating the program but the decision has been challenged in several court
cases.

(AFP)

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