Horrific Tragedy on Sinking Migrant Boat: Iraqi Girl, 16, Raped and Strangled to Death in Front of Mother

Horrific Tragedy on Sinking Migrant Boat: Iraqi Girl, 16, Raped and Strangled to Death in Front of Mother
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On June 17, 2024, a har­row­ing inci­dent unfold­ed in the Mediter­ranean as a migrant boat sank, result­ing in the deaths of dozens of peo­ple. Amid the chaos, an Iraqi girl, aged 16, was bru­tal­ly raped and stran­gled to death by a fel­low Iraqi migrant in front of her dis­traught mother.

Accord­ing to sur­vivor accounts, the 27-year-old man car­ried out the unspeak­able attack after wit­ness­ing his own wife and daugh­ter drown in the dis­as­ter. Author­i­ties have since arrest­ed the man on sus­pi­cion of the girl’s murder.

Only 12 peo­ple were res­cued from the sail­ing boat, which was believed to have been car­ry­ing around 70 migrants, includ­ing more than two dozen chil­dren. Trag­i­cal­ly, one of the sur­vivors lat­er died, and more than half of the bod­ies have been recovered.

The UN’s Inter­na­tion­al Organ­i­sa­tion for Migra­tion reports that the Mediter­ranean migra­tion route is the dead­liest in the world, account­ing for 80% of deaths at sea. Thou­sands of migrants, many from the Mid­dle East and Africa, attempt the per­ilous jour­ney across the Mediter­ranean each year, often fac­ing har­row­ing con­di­tions and the risk of los­ing their lives.

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