On April 28, 2021, paramedics carry the corpses of migrants after being recovered from a wooden boat at the port of Los Cristianos in southern Tenerife in the Canary Islands of Spain. (Andres Gutierrez / AP Photo)
Madrid — A humanitarian group that monitors the plight of migrants on dangerous maritime routes to Spain killed 21 women and a girl as they tried to reach the Canary Islands, with dozens more. He said he died in the sea.
Helena Maleno, founder of the non-governmental organization Walking Borders, tweeted Thursday that 22 bodies had been recovered from migrant ships by the Moroccan Navy. She said one of the female casualties was a girl, mostly from Côte d’Ivoire and Guinea.
The Spanish Maritime Rescue Service said there was no information about the incident.
Moroccan state police, contacted by the Associated Press, confirmed that authorities in the coastal city of Dakhla were investigating the case, but refused to provide details. Health officials in southern cities also refused to provide information.
Maleno said the boat began the journey with 86 people, including 36 women and 13 girls.
The Atlantic route from the west coast of Africa to the Canary Islands of Spain has become one of the most used and deadly routes for those eager to reach Europe.