An NGO, the Global Initiative Against Illegal Migration, GIAIM, whose focus has been on fighting illegal migration, has condemned the death of 26 Nigerian women believed to be migrants recovered from a Spanish warship in the Italian coast city of Salerno.
According to a British Broadcasting Corporation report on Monday it was gathered that a Spanish warship, Cantabria, which docked in the city, was found to have in it, 375 rescued migrants and some dead women.
It also quoted an Italian media report that the women’s bodies were kept in a refrigerated section of the warship.
Most of them were between the ages of 14 and 18.
Speaking about the cause of their death, UNHCR spokesman, Marco Rotunno, it was said that the 26 dead were involved in a shipwreck off Libya. Most of the 375 survivors brought to Salerno were sub-Saharan Africans from Nigeria, Senegal, Ghana, The Gambia and Sudan, the daily La Repubblica reports.
Among them were 90 women – eight of them pregnant – and 52 children. There were also some Libyan men and women on board.
Reacting to the development, the Executive Director, Barrister Emmanuel Osime Obinyan, blamed the harsh economic situation in the country for the tragedy.