Unicef UK statement on the tragic report of children being among those who died in today’s boat accident in the Channel

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27 October 2020 – Responding to the tragic report of children being among those who died in today’s boat accident in the Channel, Joanna Rea, Director of Advocacy at Unicef UK, said:

“We are deeply saddened to learn that two children are among those who have tragically died as a result of a boat capsizing in The Channel today. We understand that a further child is missing and presumed dead. Our thoughts and condolences go to the families whose lives have been irreversibly altered as a result.

 “Heartbreakingly, today’s news is not a one off. Despite enormous risks, parents and families will continue to do whatever it takes to escape violence, conflict and persecution in the desperate hope of better future – and unfortunately some will pay the ultimate price.

 “Every child has the right to grow up safely with their family. This tragedy serves as a stark reminder that lives are at stake, and the UK Government must find a solution which protects children from danger and ensures safe and legal routes to enter the UK.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:

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Unicef UK Media Team, 0207 375 6030, media@unicef.org.uk

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