Relatives of migrants on board a boat that capsized in the Mediterranean on June 14 are expressing their frustration and disbelief at the millions of dollars spent trying to recover the OceanGate submarine that went missing in the Atlantic while attempting to visit the wreck of the Titanic. , reported The Guardian.
Anis Majeed’s relatives were just five of the 750 people on board the overcrowded trawler. a lot Those on board, like the Majid family, were from Pakistan. A few days after the immigrants’ boat sank, word spread that the submarine, which was carrying five passengers – had each paid $250,000 for the experience – had gone missing.
A multimillion-dollar rescue effort was launched, making headlines around the world even though the passengers had signed waivers acknowledging that the ship was “experimental” and that death was likely. Meanwhile, in the days after the migrant boat sank, the Greek coast guard was accused of causing the boat to capsize.
Talking to Watchman, Majeed said, “We were shocked when we learned that millions would be spent on this rescue mission. They used all the resources, and a lot of news came out of this search. But they didn’t bother looking for the hundreds of Pakistanis and other people who were on the Greek boat.”
why does it matter
The contrast between the efforts and the attention paid to the two tragedies led to a discussion about the inequality suffered by the world’s poor. At least 500 people who were on the migrant fishing boat remain Missing. According to reports, there were between 50 and 100 children on board.
Similar cases have happened before. In 2021, an NGO accused the British and French coastguards of ignoring distress calls from people on a sinking dinghy in the English Channel. Twenty-seven people drowned.
According to United Nations statisticsestimated at more than 27,000 people have disappeared or died crossing the Mediterranean in the past nine years, making it the world’s most dangerous migrant crossing. but The route remains essential for those looking to northern and western Europe in hopes of escaping poverty and war.
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