Two Bangladeshis Recount Survival at Sea after Deadly Attempt to Enter Italy

Belal Ahmed appeared dazed, his eyes bloodshot, as he talked about the haunting cries: His three nephews were gasping for breath, crying for help while flailing to stay afloat during a boat disaster amid big waves in the Mediterranean Sea.Belal, a 31-year-old Bangladeshi stone trader, said his relatives drowned one after the other, but he could not rescue them. They were in pitch-black darkness and he was trying to save his own life.“My nephews were screaming for help. After sometime, they were silent,” he said. “They were yards away from me. But I could not save them.”He said he survived by clinging onto a rubber boat after it suddenly lost air pressure and started to take on water on May 10, when he, his nephews and other migrants were attempting to cross the Mediterranean to Europe. As many as 70 people drowned and at least 16 others, including Bangladeshis and Moroccans, were rescued, U.N. migration officials said.The toll was the largest number of migrants killed since a Jan. 19 sinking in which 117 migrants were reported missing and presumed dead, according to an International Organization of Migration (IOM)assy officials, cannot go out.”...............

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