Death Boat Victims To Be Buried In Barbados


Ten Unidentified Bodies To Be Buried In Barbados – One Sent Home To Senegal

Everyone on Barbados has been following this story ever since a drifting boat full of bodies was found by fisherfolk 75 miles off Ragged Point on Saturday, April 29, 2006. Much of the story will never be known, but each of us can imagine the last days of these poor folk who were only seeking a better life for themselves and their families.

Ten unidentified bodies will be buried in Westbury Cemetery, St. Michael at a later date. One man’s body was identified. Diao Souncar Dieme left a note for his family, and his body will be taken back home to Senegal. Authorities estimate that there were originally some 52 people on board – all of whom perished. The boat left Cape Verde Islands off western Africa last Christmas Eve – bound for the Canary Islands.

The Nation News quotes Barbados Attorney-General Dale Marshall in an article 10 Senegalese To Be Buried Here

“Interpol’s forensic experts have established that the men died from dehydration and starvation, but their names and identities remain unknown..”

Earlier, there were news reports that one man had been arrested in Cape Verde in relation to the deaths. It was said that the human smugglers who set up the journey abandoned the boatload of migrants to their fate in order to avoid a police patrol.

Previous Stories On The Barbados Death Boat

You can access all previous Barbados Free Press stories on this topic… (link here).

BFP photo by Shona: Bridgetown, Barbados. Crew members from charter fishing vessel “IOU” look at the death boat as they enter harbour. (IOU Fishing Charters website here)


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2 responses to “Death Boat Victims To Be Buried In Barbados

  1. Jerome Hinds

    A sad story !

  2. Lady Anon

    Could you imagine if our forebears, while on a boat to England or Panama were treated so disdainfully?

    When I read about this, I get shivers. I can only assume that these men were hoping to go somewhere to make life better for their families.

    This is much more than “a sad story”. This is a reflection of the deeper problem which is affecting Africa.