First migrant victim identified in Channel capsizing

An Iraqi woman who drowned with more than two dozen other migrants this week as they tried to illegally cross the English Channel has been identified.

Maryam Nuri Mohamed Amin, 24, a Kurdish woman from northern Iraq, had started texting her fiancé as the group’s dinghy began to deflate, the BBC reported.

A damaged small inflatable boat is pictured on the shore in Wimereux, northern France, on Thursday after migrants attempted to cross the English Channel illegally.
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In his final post, Amin tried to reassure his fiancé, who lives in the UK, that authorities would rescue the migrant boat in time, he said.

A joint Franco-British search found 31 bodies and two survivors in Wednesday’s incident. Four human traffickers were later arrested on suspicion of being involved in the ill-fated trip, French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin told a press conference in Calais.

French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin speaks to the press outside the hospital in Calais, northern France, after at least 27 migrants died when their boat sank off the coast of the town.
French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin speaks to the press outside the hospital in Calais, northern France, after at least 27 migrants died when their boat sank off the coast of the town.
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Amin’s father said his family in Iraq were awaiting the return of his body, according to the BBC.

Amin had “a very big heart, says his friend, Imann Hassan.

A police car parks on the shore in Wimereux, northern France, after the death of migrants
A joint Franco-British search found 31 bodies and two survivors of the incident.
AP Photo/Michel Spinler

“When she left Kurdistan she was very happy, she couldn’t believe she was going to meet her husband,” Hassan said, according to the BBC. “At her engagement party, she said to me, ‘I’m going to buy a house and live near you. “”