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Thursday, August 18, 2005

Ecuadorian Migrants Drown

From the New York Times:

Ninety-four migrants from Ecuador who were trying to reach the United States may have drowned when the flimsy boat they were traveling in sank off Colombia's Pacific coast, the Colombian Navy said Wednesday after nine survivors were rescued...

Tens of thousands of migrants leave Ecuador each year aboard creaky old fishing boats that for up to $12,000 per head transport them to Central America on the most perilous leg of a long journey to the United States. The passage, which covers more than 1,000 nautical miles from Ecuadorean coves to Central American beaches, can last more than a week.

Of the 103 passengers, 14 made it out before the boat sank and 9 were rescued.

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