Within the past 7 days, over 700 migrants from the African countries of Eritrea, Somalia, and Sudan may have either lost their lives or remain missing at sea due to three terrible shipwrecks that occurred on the Mediterranean Sea, the CNN reports.
The spokesman of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Federico Fossi, reported that a ship capsized on Sunday and claimed five lives with about 100 others missing at sea. Over 560 migrants were lucky to have survived the disaster.
And another migrant ship bearing 670 people capsized on Thursday. 15 people died, 104 people survived, and 550 others reported missing, according to Fossi.
About 45 other people died in another boat that took in water on Friday. The number of people missing or the total number of migrants on that boat is yet to be ascertained.
Many of the fleeing migrants are Somalians leaving the country due to Al-Shabaab terrorism and ethnic warfare; and others are Eritreans fleeing the escape forced military service and a repressive government; while continued crises in Darfur and other parts of Sudan are creating refugees that are fleeing the country in droves.
According to the New York Times, several migrant deaths at sea would see Mediterranean death toll rise to over 2,000 this year alone.