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64 migrants found dead in the back of truck in Mozambique

Published Mar 24, 2020

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Maputo - Sixty-four people believed to

be migrants from Ethiopia have been found dead in a container

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attached to a truck in Mozambique, provincial migration

authorities and the police said on Tuesday.

Police and immigration authorities stopped the truck en

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route from Malawi in the early hours of the morning in the

province of Tete, bordered by Malawi on one side and Zimbabwe on

the other, they said.

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Amelia Direito, spokeswoman for Tete migration services,

said the officials checked the container after hearing banging

coming from inside. They found 14 people alive among the bodies

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of 64 who had died from suspected asphyxiation.

The survivors were now being held at an immigration

facility, she added.

Many poor migrants travel via Mozambique on their way into

South Africa, where

they usually hope to find better work.

The driver of the truck told a local TV station that he had

been approached in Malawi by an individual who offered him money

to take the migrants into Mozambique.

"Two people were detained in connection to the incident, the

driver and a middleman, who contracted the driver to ferry these

people," police spokesman Orlando Mudumane said.

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