Six young boys arrive alone in Spain from Morocco

16th September 2009, Comments 0 comments

The north African boys aged between 10 and 16 were picked up by Spanish police from a rubber dinghy.

Madrid – Spanish police on Tuesday plucked six unaccompanied young boys from a rubber dinghy in which they were attempting to enter Spain illegally, emergency services officials said.

The north African boys, aged between 10 and 16, were picked up from the three-metre-long (10-foot-long) inflatable boat in the early hours of Tuesday about one mile from the town of Tarifa in southern Spain, a local Red Cross official told public television TVE.

Five of the north African boys were either 10 or 11 years old while the sixth said he was 16 but appeared much younger, the official added.

The boys, who were in good health, were taken to an intake centre for underage migrants. They are believed to have departed for Spain from Morocco.

Dozens of boats carrying migrants from Africa hoping to begin new lives in Europe arrive on Spain's shores each year, often with children on board, but Spanish media said this was the first occasion in recent times that a boat carrying only children had been intercepted.

Authorities fear many of the thousands of Africans who attempt the perilous journey by boat to Spanish soil die each year of thirst, hunger or exposure, although there is no way of knowing the exact numbers.

AFP / Expatica

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