Migrant drowns in canal in northern France

Migrant drowns in canal in northern France

A migrant drowned Tuesday in a canal near the vast exile camp of Loon-Plage (North), it was learned Wednesday from an association and the prefecture.

This man “was going to the canal to wash himself, according to other exiles, who called for help. But the emergency services could do nothing,” Anna Richel, coordinator of the Utopia 56 association in Grande-Synthe, told AFP.

The Northern Prefecture confirmed the death

According to her, he is a 22-year-old South Sudanese man.

The Northern Prefecture confirmed the death of a migrant “due to an accidental fall”.

In the camp located near this canal, where 300 to 400 people currently live according to the association, “the conditions are terrible, there is a cruel lack of water, a lot of people suffer from the heat, the dust,” denounces Anna Richel.

The Roots association provides water every day in tanks but “there is no running water point” in this camp, she points out. “These conditions of non-reception mean that people continue to take risks to leave” for England.

On the coast of northern France, mainly in Calais and Loon-Plage, near Dunkirk, hundreds of migrants, Eritreans, Sudanese, Iraqis or Iranians, live in precarious camps, regularly expelled, hoping to reach England.


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