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Plight of Refugees: Sudanese Boy, 16, Washed Up on French Coast

The young boy drowned while making an effort to reach UK through Channel

Abdulfatah Hamdallah, a 16-year-old boy, originally from war-torn Sudan, was found washed up on a French beach Wednesday, August 19, after a boat capsized while trying to reach UK.

This distressing news comes hot on the heels of a report authored by 25 Conservative Party MPs who referred to refugees crossing the channel as ‘invading migrants,’.

Days later, a poll showed that 49% of Brits had ‘no sympathy at all’ or ‘not much sympathy’ for refugees making their way to UK shores. Thankfully these troubling attitudes are not held by all.

Dr. Shola Mos-Shogbamimu wrote on Twitter, “To every self-righteous racist & xenophobic British ja**** demonizing refugees & asylum seekers, the death of this 16-year-old Sudanese boy should be on your conscience, if you have any.”

Behind the complex set of reasons why “a 16-year-old risk death to flee Sudan for a better life?” Afshin Rattansi pointed out that the UK currently has sanctions on Sudan.

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Twitter user MsMetamorphose adds, “A 16-year-old boy from Sudan dies in the Channel, seeking refuge in the country that colonized his.”

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About Farrukh Younus
Farrukh I Younus has a background in mobile phone strategy across Europe and Asia, and has visited China on more than 25 occasions. Dedicated to understanding and delivering solutions based on new technology, Younus has spoken on the subject to the EU in Brussels, and regularly attends industry-leading conferences. He currently runs a video platform, Implausibleblog, delivering lifestyle content via social media; where his focus is on understanding consumer behaviour with regards to digital content and digital advertising. His interests include travel, nouvelle cuisine, and chocolate.