Dec 5, 2019 - Politics & Policy

At least 58 dead after boat carrying migrants capsizes off Mauritania

At least 58 people died and dozens more were forced to swim to shore after a boat carrying migrants capsized off the coast of Mauritania, per the AP.

Why it matters: The drownings are one of this year's deadliest disasters among people attempting to make the perilous journey to Europe. The boat was carrying at least 150 people — including women and children — from Gambia and was en route to Spain’s Canary Islands.

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