The 26 Nigerian teenage girls who died at the Mediterranean sea while trying to cross into Europe from Libya have been buried in Italy in matching c0ffins.
The girls were in a rubber dinghy that capsized on November 5, while 100 out of the 150 people on board have been declared missing.
Sadly, two of the girls were pregnant, with one in her fifth month, and the other was six weeks gone.
The priest who presided over the burial ceremony said that the girls died looking for a better life.
“They were searching for freedom and they found death. We hope God can accompany them in peace. Peace that they didn’t find on earth.”
Only two of the victims were identified. The others were buried with a white card stating the number of their coffin, a picture and an information card with copies of dental scans and a list of traits like tattoos and scars for identification if their family members ever come to search for them.
According to the United Nations’ International Organization for Migration, more than 114,000 migrants have arrived in Italy by sea, and more than 2,700 have died or are missing in 2017 so far.
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