More details have emerged of the people who died after a dinghy sank in the Channel earlier this week, with many risking death for a better life.
A relative identified 21-year-old Maryam Nuri Mohamed Amin, known to her family as Baran, as one of those who died on what was the deadliest day of the migration crisis.
The student was said to have been trying to join her fiance, who already lives in Britain, as her cousin urged the British and French governments to help people resettle rather than “force them to take this route of death”.
Krmanj Ezzat Dargali told Sky News: “The situation is just awful. She was a woman in the prime of her life.
“I understand why so many people are leaving for a better life, but this is not the correct path. It’s the route of death.”
Also among those who died was Harem Pirot, 25, and his friend Twana Mamand Muhammad, both from Rayna in Iraq, according to The Observer.
Mr Pirot had been trying to reach England to meet his brother Anwar, a Sheffield graduate living in Cambridge.
The Observer also said there was a family from the Iraqi Kurdish town of Darbandikhan – Khazal Hussein, 45, and her children Haida, 22, son Mubin, 16, and younger daughter Hasti, seven.
Ms Hussein’s husband, Rezgar, said: “My wife and children were unhappy with our life here. They wanted us all to go to the UK.
“I told them I couldn’t come because of my job as a policeman. I would lose it. They insisted to go so I agreed I would join them if they made it, and if they didn’t, they could come back. I never knew it was risky.”
Mohammed Shekha, 21, a shepherd from the Kurdish region of Iran, survived after using his lifejacket to stay above the water, it has been reported.
He had been travelling to the UK to find a job to pay for his younger sister’s medical bills, which doctors told them would cost thousands of pounds.
His brother Marwan, 18, told The Sunday Times: “It’s a miracle. He can’t swim at all. I don’t know how it happened.”
He added: “All of a sudden, he found himself in the water too.
“He said he can’t stop thinking about the other people who died in front of him. It keeps coming back in his mind. He didn’t know how to rescue the women who fell in.”
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