UN: Average of nearly 1 migrant child death daily since 2014

Catarina Gomez Lucas, sister of eight-year-old migrant Felipe Gomez, who died in a medical center in Alamogordo, New Mexico, United States, on December 24, while in custody of US Customs and Border Protection officers, shows a picture of her brother on a mobile phone. (File/AFP)
Updated 28 June 2019

UN: Average of nearly 1 migrant child death daily since 2014

  • Some 1,600 children — some as young as 6 months old — are among the 32,000 people who have perished in dangerous travels since 2014
  • The Mediterranean remains the most fatal crossing, with over 17,900 people dying there

GENEVA: The UN migration agency says migrant children have died or gone missing at the rate of at least one per day worldwide over the past five years, with treacherous journeys like those across the Mediterranean or the US-Mexico border continuing to take lives.
In its latest “Fatal Journeys” report, the International Organization for Migration has released findings that some 1,600 children — some as young as 6 months old — are among the 32,000 people who have perished in dangerous travels since 2014.
The Mediterranean remains the most fatal crossing, with over 17,900 people dying there — many on the hazardous trip between Libya and Italy.
The IOM also pointed to rising deaths every year along the US-Mexico border since 2014, totaling more than 1,900 over five years.


Trump says next G7 summit won't be at his Miami golf resort

This file photo taken on April 03, 2018 shows a view of the entrance of Trump National Doral in Miami, Florida. (AFP)
Updated 20 October 2019

Trump says next G7 summit won't be at his Miami golf resort

  • Trump cited what he termed “Crazed and Irrational Hostility” from Democrats and the news media in explaining the reversal

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump late Saturday abandoned plans to host next year’s Group of Seven economic summit of leaders of developed nations at his Florida golf resort, after Democrats and others decried the decision as evidence of the president misusing his office for personal gain.
In a series of tweets, Trump said he would drop the plan announced Thursday by White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney. Trump cited what he termed “Crazed and Irrational Hostility” from Democrats and the news media in explaining the reversal. “We will begin the search for another site, including the possibility of Camp David, immediately,” he wrote.