France Identifies 26 Migrants Who Drowned in English Channel Boat Tragedy

French authorities on Dec. 14 formally identified 36 out of 27 migrants who drowned in a boat accident last month when they attempted to cross the English Channel to get to the United Kingdom.

According to a statement from Paris Prosecutor Laure Beccuau, the victims include 16 Kurds, four Afghan men aged between 24 and 40, three Ethiopians, a Somalian woman, a 20-year-old Egyptian, and an Iranian.

The victims also include a 16-year-old and a 7-year-old girl.

The identity of one migrant remains unknown.

None of the seven female victims aged 22 and 46 were pregnant, French authorities said.

Calais Mayor Natacha Bouchart said at the time that one of the women who died was pregnant.

Authorities often find identifying dead migrants difficult because they do not carry official documents and family members have to travel from remote areas to identify the bodies.


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