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The bodies of 6 people who died in the Mediterranean will be brought to the country

Attempts are being made to bring back the bodies of seven Bangladeshis who died on their way to Italy across the Mediterranean. They will be buried in their own country.

“We are working closely with the Italian authorities to repatriate the body,” the foreign ministry said in a statement, quoting the Bangladesh embassy in Rome on Sunday (January 30th). We strongly urge the Italian authorities and they agree. Earlier, some media outlets reported that they would be buried in Italy on Monday (January 31).

Seven Bangladeshi aspirants died in the extreme cold on January 25 when a boat from Libya crossed the Mediterranean Sea and reached the island of Lampedusa.

The Bangladesh embassy in Italy revealed the names of the victims in a statement on Saturday (January 29th). Five of the seven dead were from Madaripur district.

They are Imran Hossain of Paschim Piarpur village of Madaripur Sadar Upazila, Joy Talukder of Piarpur village of the same upazila, Safayet of Ghatakchar village, Zahirul and Bappi of Mostafapur village, Sajjad of Jamalganj upazila of Sunamganj and Saiful of Bhairab upazila of Kishoreganj.

According to the embassy, ​​representatives of the Bangladesh embassy, ​​including Erfanul Haque, councilor of the embassy’s labor welfare department, spoke to those who survived the incident on January 25. The names of the dead have been known through them.

The distance from Libya to Italy by sea is about 420 miles or 6 kilometers. About 22,600 people lost their lives in 7 years from 2014 to 2021 in a boat sinking to reach the dream Italy by crossing this terrible waterway. Among them are a significant number of Bangladeshis. The last time 8 more Bangladeshis died was on January 25.

In 2021, about 1 lakh 6 thousand migrants from Libya sailed for Italy. Overcoming all obstacles, about 70,000 migrants were able to reach Italy, of which 7,300 were Bangladeshis. And 1,400 people drowned in the sea. The rest were forced to return to Libya and Tunisia in the face of obstacles from the Coast Guard and security forces.

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