U.N. agency signals alarm over refugees deaths after another maritime disaster claims lives of Haitians – NY Daily News

After three shocking fatal disasters involving men, women and children from Haiti, Dominican Republic, Cuba and Jamaica, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees expressed its official concern last week for the safety of persons fleeing economic political hardships.

The refugee agency of the UN voiced its alarm after 30 people, believed to be Haiti nationals, died last week in an incident off coast of Staniel Cay, in the Bahamas.

More than 100 Haitians were aboard an overloaded sail freighter on Nov. 25 when the vessel ran aground and capsized, reported the U.S. Coast Guard, which was aided by the Royal Bahamian Defense Force.

The crew of a Royal Bahamian Defense Force patrol boat, the Bahamian police and the U.S. Coast Guard — including a helicopter crew attached to Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos — rescued survivors from the sea, dropped food, supplies and life rafts. via – NY Daily News



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