Death in the Mediterranean: one more victim’s body arrives

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According to the UNHCR, Bangladeshis are among the most common nationalities arriving by sea in Europe. AFP File Representation Image/Photo

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According to the UNHCR, Bangladeshis are among the most common nationalities arriving by sea in Europe. AFP File Representation Image/Photo

The body of another Bangladeshi migrant, who was among seven people who died of hypothermia while crossing the Mediterranean Sea to enter Italy illegally, arrived home today.

So far, three of the seven bodies of the victims have been returned to their families.

The body of the deceased, Kamrul Haan Bappy (21) from Naria upazila of Shariatpur, arrived on a Turkish Airlines flight at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka this afternoon, said Fakhrul Alam, deputy director of the office of expat welfare at the airport.

Kamrul’s father, Abul Bashar, who received the body at the airport, said he was initially reluctant to send his son abroad in this illegal and dangerous way.

He alleged that a local trafficker had “brainwashed” Kamrul into going abroad when he was already earning well at home running a grocery store.

“It’s an irreplaceable loss for me,” the father said.

Kamrul started his journey from Bangladesh on November 11 last year to Dubai on a visit visa, and from there he then entered Libya, where traffickers from Bangladesh and Libya held him hostage for about two months before the boat trip, Abul Bashar said.

He also said he had to pay Tk 7.30 lakh in total to traffickers in Bangladesh and Libya.

Md Sharif, Kamrul’s brother-in-law, said he learned of Kamrul’s death from another migrant from Sylhet by telephone on January 28.

Later, the local government and the Bangladesh Embassy in Italy confirmed the case to the family, he also said.

After hearing about the tragic incident, Kamrul’s maternal grandfather suffered a stroke and died, while his mother was bedridden, Sharif added.

Previously, the past two days, bodies of Joy Talukder and Imran Hawladertwo migrants from Madaripur who also died in the same incident, arrived home.

There were 273 Bangladeshis and 14 Egyptians on board the boat. All were trying to enter Europe illegally via Italy by crossing the Mediterranean Sea.

Due to extreme cold, seven Bangladeshi youths died of hypothermia, while the others were rescued by the Italian coastguard about 18 miles off Lampione, an uninhabited island near Lampedusa, on January 25, reported Reuters.

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