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UN: Photo of dead migrants on US border 'searing'

Last update: 27/06/2019
WASHINGTON, June 27 (Bernama) -- A photograph of a Salvadoran father and daughter who drowned while attempting to cross the Rio Grande along the United States (US)-Mexico border "should shake each of us to our core," Anadolu Agency reported, quoting head of the UN's children's agency Wednesday.

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) chief Henrietta Fore said the "heart-rending" image is a "stark reminder of the perils facing migrants trying to reach the US."

"It is a searing image that should shake each of us to our core," Fore said in a statement.

The visceral photo of Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramirez and his daughter, Valeria, depicts Valeria drawn in tight to her father as they lay dead, face down in thick brown mud.

US President Donald Trump earlier Wednesday sought to blame Democrats for the tragedy, calling on them to change the US's amnesty laws to avert future disasters.

"If they fixed the laws, you wouldn't have that.They are running through the Rio Grande. It can be a very rough river of sorts. There are times when going across the Rio Grande is very, very dangerous," Trump told reporters at the White House before departing for a G-20 gathering in Japan.

But Ramirez and his daughter did not die because of the US's asylum laws.

They decided to make the perilous journey across the Rio Grande after having grown desperate from failing to have their asylum request heard by US border officials, according to reporting from La Jornada, the Mexican newspaper that first published the photograph.

-- BERNAMA



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