- At least 150 Senegalese youths have drowned off the coast of Morocco as they attempted to sail to Europe through Spain in search of greener pastures.
The lives of ten youth migrants have been saved by Spanish fishermen.
The youths perished at sea after their wooden patched boat was hit by a strong tidal storm before it capsised.
Having signed the anti-migration deal with the Spanish government last year, Senegalese authorities have been since been pouncing on would-be migrants and their agents. Anti-migration groups, including Mothers Against the menace and musicians have continuously been sensitising the public to be mindful of the dangers pose by illegal migration.
But most Senegalese have blamed the police for their failure to avert the fatal trip, despite being privy to it.
Before the fatal incident, a suspected human trafficker under police custody was released.
Over the years, thousands of Senegalese youths have been forced to embark on a perilous sea journey of "no return". Despite the fatality figures, the country's youths contiue to look for ways and means of engaging in "emmigration clandestine".
Two months ago, President Abdoulaye Wade could not swallow his fury over what he called rampant illegal migration. He asked the youths [cream of every society] to stay in Africa and champion the continent's development process.
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