Mauritania accepts migrant ship

Boat carrying 400 people is towed to port after days of diplomatic wrangling.

    More than 30,000 people were caught trying to reach Spain's Canary Islands last year [AP]

    The ship, called Marine 1, had been heading to Spain's Canary Islands, but ran into mechanical problems and was towed to the Mauritanian coast by a Spanish rescue ship a week ago.

     

    Once the ship docks, a team from the Republic of Guinea, where the ship is believed to have come from, will try to identify the migrants before trying to repatriate them.

     

    From Pakistan

     

    Most of the passengers were believed to be from Pakistan, officials have said.

     

    Mauritania's government had previously argued that the migrants did not leave from Mauritania and so the country could not take them in.
     
    They also said that they had little capacity to care for those aboard.
     
    More than 30,000 people were caught trying to reach Spain's Canary Islands last year in a dangerous voyage that many undertake in search of a better life.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Take a tour through East and West Jerusalem to see the difference in quality of life for Israelis and Palestinians.

    Stories from the sex trade

    Stories from the sex trade

    Dutch sex workers, pimps and johns share their stories.

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    As the stigma associated with being childless persists, some elderly women in India risk it all to become mothers.