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More than 40 African migrants drown, 12 survive, as Europe bound boat sinks in Western Sahara coast

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More than 40 African migrants have drowned while 12 were rescued when their boat sank in the Western Sahara coast of Cape Bojador near Morocco capital, a journalist and human rights defender Helena Maleno Garzón, reported on Monday.

Also confirming the incident, a human rights NGO, Caminando Fronteras,  reported that 44 people drowned in the shipwreck in the south of Cape Bojador.

According to the reports, the Moroccan authorities have recovered 16 bodies that were transferred to the morgue.

In a tweet also on Monday, Garzón said authorities were notified of the incident early enough but rescue officials did not act on time as it took several hours before they acted.

“We provided the authorities with the position of the boat and its call for help, but the rescue took four fateful hours, Rest in peace.

“Our deepest condolences to the families, hopefully, one day they will find justice and reparation,” she added.

It however, remains unclear where the boat’s destination was exactly but the incident was widely associated with a migration attempt to reach Spain’s Canary Islands, an NGO official said.

Bojador-Canary Islands are one of the main irregular migration routes connecting Morocco to Spain, along with other access points such as Melilla and Ceuta and in recent years, have become one of the frequently used migration route for African migrants.

Last week, Moroccan and Spanish officials reiterated their commitment to consolidating dialogue and close coordination with respect to regional cooperation on migration.

Spanish officials also commended Morocco’s “far-reaching efforts” to address irregular migration, underlining the country’s “tangible results.”

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Malian migrants, including children, die as makeshift Europe-bound boat capsizes in Libya

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Twenty-two Malian migrants including three children, have been killed when their makeshift Europe-bound boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya, the United Nations as well as the Malian government have confirmed on Wednesday.

The UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM), also confirmed that 61 other migrants were rescued and taken to a detention centre in Libya.

The Ministry of Malians Abroad, in a statement, said the people who died were part of a group of 83 mostly Malian nationals who were stuck on a distressed vessel since June 22.

The IOM, in statement by its spokeswoman Safa Msehli, said the rescued victims were brought back to shore with the help of the Libyan coastguard after nine days at sea, adding that the “cause of death for the 22 people was drowning and dehydration.”

Msehli also said some of the survivors were in very poor health and had to be taken to hospital by the IOM.

“The remaining migrants were taken to al-Maya detention centre” in Libya, she said.

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Monkeypox: WHO records over 6,000 cases in 58 countries in recent outbreak

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According to the World Health Organization, more than 6,000 cases of monkeypox have now been reported from 58 countries in the current outbreak.

The United Nations agency is yet to decide declaring the outbreak a global health emergency, the WHO’s highest level of alert.

Its committee reconvene a meeting in July 18 to decide or sooner.

Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual news conference from Geneva.

Monkeypox, a disease that was once largely restricted to Africa, has also penetrated Europe and North America in its recent spread with more than 100 cases recorded outside Africa.

The UN committee meeting in June 27 decided that the disease was not yet a health emergency. There have recently been reported cases in other African countries like Nigeria and Morocco.

“I continue to be concerned by the scale and spread of the virus across the world,” Tedros said, adding that a lack of testing meant that there were likely many more cases going unreported.

Until recently, monkeypox had been a disease that was once largely restricted to Africa, but has gradually penetrating Europe and North America in its recent outbreak.

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