International Migrant Discrimination: April 2008 Archives
The bodies of 20 migrants have been recovered from the sea near the Bahamas after their boat apparently capsized, the U.S. Coast Guard said Monday as it searched for survivors.
The bodies of 19 Haitians and one Honduran were recovered and three survivors -- two Haitians and one Honduran -- have been found, said Barry Bena, a Coast Guard spokesman in
. Authorities are interviewing the survivors to determine what happened. Miami
The search-and-rescue mission began Sunday after fishermen heard people screaming in the water.
The accident happened about 15 miles (25 kilometers) northwest of
, according to the Coast Guard. A cutter, helicopter and a jet from the Coast Guard and two Nassau, Bahamas military vessels continued searching the area Monday, Bena said. Bahamas
Every year, thousands of Haitians try to leave the Western Hemisphere's poorest country aboard rickety, overloaded boats for other islands or the
. United States
Soaring food prices have pushed many into abject poverty and triggered riots earlier this month in
, but this has not yet translated into a spike in the number of migrants. Haiti
Last year a migrant boat capsized near the
Turks and Caicos islands, pitching Haitians into shark-infested waters. At least 61 people died.