Tragedy in the Danube: Child and an adult drown

Written by on September 13, 2016 in Bulgaria - No comments


News about the latest tragedy in the refugee crisis broke today, when publications all over Europe reported about two bodies found at the Danube, the border river between Bulgaria and Romania. The incident happened on Friday, when an unknown number of refugees tried to cross the Danube by boat.

The two victims, who drowned when their boat sank, one little child and one young man, were from Iraq. Other Iraqi refugees, who were part of the same group, managed to save themselves on the Danube island Dobrina. The drowned refugees were found 20 kilometers down the river.

According to the information provided by Bulgarian authorities, four refugees, who were on that boat as well, are missing. They might have drowned too.

This adds to hundreds of refugees from different war-torn countries, who drowned in the Mediterranean Sea since the refugee crisis began. On Bulgarian soil, one refugee was shot by a police officer in winter. The shooter claimed, the bullet had hit the victim by accident.

Since the former Balkan Route, via Greece and Macedonia, has been closed, because the E.U. Turkey Deal was struck, refugees from Syria and other countries are trying to get to Western Europe by crossing Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary illegally.

The latest tragedy in the Danube again highlights the necessity for political action in the countries of origin, but also in Europe. The Bulgarian Border Police, which has been shaken by countless corruption scandals, is being supported by Frontex.

By Imanuel Marcus

Photo: Example picture, showing Syrian refugees in Hungary.



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