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The Sudanese refugee who drowned while trying to cross the Canal using a rubber dinghy with paddles was identified by several sources as Abdulfatah Hamdallah.
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Hamdallah, also known as Wajdi
Hamdallah, also known as Wajdi, reportedly had his asylum application recently refused in France and decided to risk his dangerous journey across the Dover Strait for a better life than the “horror” he lived in, sources, including family members, said.
Before leaving on a trip, he reportedly told a cousin in Calais that he might never see him again.
Abdulfatah Hamdallah Age
Family members told the Guardian that Hamdallah was 22, although the documents found on his body provide the date of birth in 1992, making him 28 years old. Philippe Sabatier, Boulogne-sur-Mer’s deputy attorney, confirmed the name of Abdulfatah Hamdallah that appears in these documents. On Wednesday, a French minister calculated his age to be 16.
Originating in Western Kordofan, a Sudanese state bordering the war-torn areas of Darfur and the Nuba Mountains, Hamdallah reportedly fled his country in 2014. Relatives said he spent two years in Libya with his older brother before going to France via Italy. .
His body was found on Sangatte beach on the northern coast of France on Wednesday morning. He had left Calais in the middle of the night with a friend, who returned to the coast and was rushed to the hospital for treatment of hypothermia.
The death occurred at a time when tensions increased with the UK government’s approach to migrant boat crossings. A French parliamentarian attributed the tragedy to the UK’s policy of insisting that asylum applications be made on British soil.
Hamdallah’s second cousin, Al-Noor Mohammed,
Hamdallah’s second cousin, Al-Noor Mohammed, joined him in Calais less than two months ago. He said: “We grew up together in Sudan, and he only took this boat because the French authorities did not believe him.
Hamdallah’s older brother, Al-Fatih Hamdallah, is still in Libya. Speaking to Tripoli Guardian, Al-Fatih said the couple worked as a car washer in the capital, but his younger brother left three years ago to travel to Italy and then to France.
“When I went to Sudan to see my family, he left Libya without telling me that he was going to cross the sea to Europe,” said Al-Fatih. “I was talking to him just three days ago on the phone, but he never told me that he would try to cross the sea again.”
Al-Fatih added: “In France, they rejected his case, so he decided to go to the UK. He lived in France for three years. He wanted to have a better life because of the horror we were living in, but what happened happened.
Abdulfatah left school in a village near the city of En Nahud
Abdulfatah left school in a village near the city of En Nahud, in Western Kordofan, in 2014, to go to work in Libya with his brothers. “He just felt that it didn’t make sense to study: even if he finished his studies, he couldn’t do anything in Sudan, which is why he left Sudan,” said Al-Fatih.
“We are four brothers and sisters who are now working in Libya to send money to our children at home. We had to leave because the situation in Sudan is so difficult … We will ask Al-Noor to leave him buried in an Islamic manner in France, because returning him to Sudan can take up to three months.
An asylum seeker in Calais, Akram Eissa, said he had lunch with Abdulfatah the day before he left. “We received rice donated by charities and in the morning I was told that he had taken a boat to the UK before he drowned.
Abdulfatah’s last words on his Facebook account were written in Arabic in June, and the literal translation is “in the palm of fate we walk and we don’t know what is written”.
On Wednesday and Thursday, hundreds of people left messages of condolence in the mail.
The UK government has been criticized by opposition activists and politicians for its lack of compassion and competence in handling small boat crossings, ignoring calls from humanitarian experts to reinforce safe and legal routes to the United Kingdom by asylum seekers. Instead, ministers sought to bring in military personnel to make the route “unsustainable”, which involved the air force launching large planes over the water.