15 survivors of Mediterranean boat capsize return

Staff Correspondent | Published: 14:07, May 21,2019 | Updated: 00:41, May 22,2019

 
 

Migrants, who were rescued after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off the Tunisian Coast after they had left Libya, are seen inside a local Red Cresent chapter in Zarzis, Tunisia, on Saturday. — Reuters file photo

At least 15 Bangladeshi migrant workers who survived a boat capsize in the Mediterranean Sea on May 11 on the Tunisian coast returned home Tuesday.
The survivors, trafficking victims, were repatriated by the International Organisation for Migration, said government officials in Dhaka.
They were flown to Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport by a Turkish Airlines flight on Tuesday morning and were now being interrogated by law enforcing agencies, said Tanvir Hossain, assistant director of the Wage Earners Welfare Board and in-charge of the welfare desk at the HSIA.
He told New Age that they were all trafficking victims and were taken to the Libyan coast via Dubai of the United Arab Emirates.
Another WEWB official at the HSIA said that the returnees were mostly from Sylhet, Habiganj, Sunamganj, Kishoreganj and Madaripur districts.
The complete identities of the returnees were yet to be known, the official said.
After arrival at the HSIA, the intelligence agencies concerned started the interrogation about their whole migration process from Bangladesh to Libya, he added.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, at least 39 Bangladeshis went missing after the boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off the Tunisia coast on May 11 while attempting to reach Europe from Libya.
Besides, 15 Bangladeshi nationals were rescued alive from the capsized boat and the body of another was recovered from the sea.

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