By Tony Winterburn •
Published: 19 Aug 2020 • 12:56
THE body of a 16-year-old Sudanese boy has been found washed up on a beach in France – it is believed he was trying to reach the UK.
Authorities in France announced the news with “immense sadness,” saying the boy was found on the beach of Sangatte, near Calais. Minister Marlene Schiappa, who is in charge of citizenship in France’s government, said the teenager was found yesterday morning.
The teen’s death comes as migrants making the dangerous crossing of the English Channel have been a focus of the UK government recently amid a record number of journeys.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said the incident was an “upsetting and tragic loss of a young life.” She added: “This horrendous incident serves as a brutal reminder of the abhorrent criminal gangs and people smugglers who exploit vulnerable people.”
“Working together we are determined to stop them.” Priti Patel
French minister Marlene Schiappa said the teenager, who disappeared at sea, was found on the beach of Sangatte on Tuesday morning, the minister, who is in charge of citizenship in France’s government, also highlighted the need to tackle smugglers.
She later tweeted: “Immense sadness: A 16-year-old Sudanese migrant who disappeared in the sea last night was found dead on the beach in Sangatte this morning.”
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