The organization 1800 Migrantwhich provides accompaniment and legal advice to migrants, has reported that a boat with 30 passengers capsized on the state border between Chiapas Y oaxaca, Mexico. There are seven deceased Ecuadorians and the death of a 9-year-old Ecuadorian girl has already been confirmed.
This new tragedy adds to the recurring reports of accidents in which the main victims are irregular migrants seeking to reach the USA.
According to the information provided by 1800 Migrantwhich follows up on the case, 21 Ecuadorians and 9 Cubans were transported on the boat. Among the missing are four children between the ages of 4 and 9, a 16-year-old teenager, a 27-year-old woman and a 31-year-old man.
The boat ran out of gasoline and they could not navigate the strong waves. The shipwreck happened around 2 in the morning. Some local fishermen who were carrying out their tasks helped the migrants. Neither the Oaxaca prosecutor’s office nor the Chiapas prosecutor’s office in Mexico have ruled on the accident.
louis ilvisan Ecuadorian who arrived in the United States ten months ago, spoke with The universe and recounted that in the shipwreck “my wife, a son and two brothers were saved, along with other Ecuadorians, because they were able to hold on to a gallon of gasoline that was floating, but a daughter drowned and another is missing.
The Ilvis family is originally from Quito, according to the local newspaper. Six of the members, including four minors, undertook the journey to reach the United States on October 27, but misfortune struck on November 18: “They did it on foot, they crossed Colombia, the Darién Strait and all of Central America until they reached Chiapas.”.
Daniela Ilvis9-year-old drowned in the shipwreck. Irene Guana, 5 years old, is missing. Both would belong to the same family nucleus.
“The shipwreck occurred around two in the morning, they were clinging to that plastic container for several hours, until some fishermen helped them disembark on some islets, then They found my daughter’s body, but it was already swelling and bubbles were coming out of her mouth and eyes, they wanted to take her, but they couldn’t because she had already started to decompose, they had to leave her buried and dump my daughter who knows where”, he told The Universe Daniela Ilvis’s father.
The spokesman for 1800 Migrant, William Murillohas made a public statement requesting the Chiapas Prosecutor’s Office to initiate procedures to find the Ecuadorians who disappeared in the shipwreck.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility del Ecuador issued a statement indicating that the Ecuadorian authorities have made contact with the relatives of the migrants who were victims of the shipwreck. The institution indicated that “until Sunday afternoon there is no official information from the Mexican authoritiesTherefore, work is being done to ensure that relatives in Ecuador provide information about the criminal structures that transferred their loved ones.”
The institution has warned that itThe relatives of the migrants who lived through the shipwreck have been threatened so that they do not provide information about who took their relatives on such a risky journey and pointed out that: “It is strange that companies that do business with migrants promulgate information on crimes related to human trafficking. We have warned the US authorities to launch an investigation into some phone numbers and social media accounts dedicated to supposed care for migrants.”
In October of this year, infobae warned in a report about the practice of Ecuadorian human traffickers promoting “safe trips” for irregular migrants to the United States on TikTok. The coyotes charge between 5,000 and 20,000 dollars and expose family groups, who now travel more frequently, to extremely risky journeys, such as the Darién jungle, and extremely poor conditions to reach the United States illegally.
According to the data of the Ministry of Interioronly in August of this year, 12,252 Ecuadorians left the country through this border area, where it is enough to present the identification document to cross into Colombia.
in conversation with infobaethe counselor Marcelo HurtadoDirector of Protection for Ecuadorians Abroad of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility from Ecuador, said that this type of migration is risky because the economic, physical and psychological costs to enter the USA irregularly are high: “there are risks to one’s integrity, to life… The deaths due to traffic accidents (of trucks transporting migrants)… There are crimes against physical integrity, as well as the monumental psychic risk of everything they go through, of everything they see”.