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Body of Kurdish toddler identified in Norway months after boat capsize

  2021-06-07  | 
 Zhyan News Network
A combined photo of Artin Iran-Nejad and his clothes. The toddler drowned alongside parents and siblings in the English Channel on way to the UK in October,2020.
 Zhyan News Network


SULAIMANI – The Norwegian police said on Monday (June 6) that the body of a 15-month-old toddler discovered on the Norwegian shore several months ago was Artin, a Kurdish migrant boy who drowned alongside parents and siblings in the English Channel in last October.

The body of the child was found near Karmøy in south-west of Norway on New Year’s Day – more than two months after the vessel carrying five members of the same family sank before it was identified recently after DNA tests, according to BBC.

“We didn’t have a missing baby reported in Norway, and no family had contacted the police,” Camilla Tjelle Waage, the head of police investigations, told BBC News. “The blue overall wasn’t a Norwegian brand either [and] that indicated the baby was not from Norway,” she added.

On October 27, Rasoul Iran-Nejad, 35, Shiva Mohammad Panahi, 35, Anita, nine, and Armin, six from the Kurdish city of Sardasht in Iran’s West Azerbaijan province, all drowned in the English Channel after their boat capsized on way to Britain.

They crossed the Iranian border into Turkey earlier last summer, then proceeded to Greece, Italy, and Franc, according to ITV. 

The family are believed to have attempted to move from France to the UK on a train twice but both attempts failed. They then decided to reach the UK by sea.  

The family started their hazardous journey the UK in a boat carrying about 28 people - 10 more than it was designed to carry. 

Fifteen other migrants were taken to hospital and an investigation into incident was by the French public prosecutor in Dunkirk at the time.

Due to poor economy in the Kurdish-predominantly regions, known as Rojhalat, in western Iran, thousands of Kurds put the lives of their families in the hands of smugglers and go to Europe every year in a bid to find a better livelihood there. 

The Kurdish area in Iran has faced both political persecution and vast economic discrimination.

(Zhyan English)