About 500 lost their lives after boat sinks in Mediterranean: UN


UNITED NATION, April 20 (APP): The United Nations refugee agency
said Wednesday that as many as 500 people may have lost their lives
this past week when an overcrowded boat carrying refugees and migrants sank in the Mediterranean Sea at an unknown location between Libya and Italy.
The 41 survivors of the incident, which if confirmed could be one
of the worst involving refugees and migrants in the past 12 months,
include 37 men, three women and a three-year-old child who were rescued by a merchant ship and taken to Kalamata, in the Peloponnese peninsula of Greece, on April 16, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in a press release.
Those rescued include 23 Somalis, 11 Ethiopians, six Egyptians and a Sudanese.