Children among 33 migrants dead as boat sinks
This time, at least 33 migrants died after their boat capsized in the Aegean Sea, Turkey’s semiofficial news agency
reported Saturday, citing Turkish authorities. Like so many other refugee-packed vessels in recent months, this one was heading to Greece, a major destination for those trying to escape war and poverty and get into Europe.
Some of those boats make it, but not this one.
At least five of those whose bodies were recovered off Ayvacik, a town on the Turkish coast, were children, according to the Anadolu report.
Authorities managed to save 75 people on the same boat, which contained people from Myanmar, Afghanistan and
Those migrants killed off Ayvacik, Turkey, are on top of the 244 reported dead or missing in January by the International Organization for Migration.
“Deaths on this route are increasing at an alarming rate,”
IOM spokesman Joel Millman told reporters then. The same group said then that more than 55,500 migrants
managed successfully to cross the Mediterranean into Europe in the year’s first 28 days. The influx — with more
than 1 million migrants coming into Europe last year — has put policymakers on the spot, with some countries opening their doors while others come down hard to keep them out.