Migrant Aid group Walking Borders reports on Sunday that at least 300 persons who were traveling on three migrant boats from Senegal to Spain’s Canary Islands have vanished. The boats were headed to the Canary Islands.
Helena Maleno of Walking Borders told Reuters that two boats, one of which had approximately 65 people on board and the other of which had between 50 and 60 people on board, have been missing for 15 days since they set sail from Senegal in an attempt to reach Spain.
On June 27, a third boat with approximately 200 people aboard departed from Senegal.
According to Maleno, the relatives of those on board have not received any word from their loved ones from the time the ship departed.
Kafountine, located in the south of Senegal, is approximately 1,700 kilometers (1,057 miles) from Tenerife, which is one of the Canary Islands. All three boats set off from this location.
“There is a great deal of concern among the families. There are approximately 300 people all hailing from the same region in Senegal. Maleno explained that the turmoil in Senegal was the motivation for their departure.
The Canary Islands off the coast of West Africa have become the main destination for migrants trying to reach Spain, with a much smaller number also seeking to cross the Mediterranean Sea to the Spanish mainland. The summer months saw the highest number of people attempting to enter the border.
Africans fleeing conditions in sub-Saharan Africa are the most likely to attempt the perilous journey across the Atlantic Ocean to the United States. According to information provided by the International Organization for Migration of the United Nations, at least 559 individuals, including 22 children, lost their lives while attempting to reach the Canary Islands in 2022.