More than 200 families from across the country are trying to get their loved ones home after their boats sank and their boats capsized off the coast of Hauraki in the Indian Ocean.
It’s been a grim week for those who managed to escape, with reports of looting and the kidnapping of at least one family.
The families, most of whom are of Hausa origin, were stranded on the coast for three weeks.
They had to abandon their fishing boat and walk to a port, where they were met by smugglers and handed over to the coast guard.
They were told that they would be handed over back to their families by Thursday.
That’s when things went awry.
“We went from port to port in the middle of the night, we were so hungry that we just couldn’t walk,” said a family member who asked not to be named.
They got to a boat where their two sons and two daughters were waiting, and they had to wait for two hours.
Then, the boat capsized and they lost contact with the other two children.
“They didn’t know what to do.
We had no idea what was happening, so we were very scared,” the family member said.”
So, we just thought that we would go to the beach and get some water.
We were just so scared, that’s how scared we were.
It was so terrifying.”
After a week without contact with their loved one, the family has no idea where they are.
“I don’t know where we are,” said the family.
We are not in any position to make any statements or say anything,” said one of the families who asked to remain anonymous.”
There’s a lot of fear that there might be more people missing.
They haven’t received any communication from the family.
We’ve been communicating with them via text messages. “
We’re trying to make contact with them.
We’ve been communicating with them via text messages.
They don’t have phones.
We’re asking for help from people that know where they might be,” the member said in an interview.
The Hausan people are often targeted by kidnappers.
They are often beaten and tortured.
In April, a woman was kidnapped off the coasts of Kili and Kili Island.
Her family says she is currently missing.
There’s no information on what happened to the other missing family members, but some families have reported that they are safe.
“They haven’t been heard from.
There’s been no contact.
They’re in another boat waiting to be picked up,” said another family member.
The Haitians are a diverse group, but the majority of them are native speakers of the languages spoken by the majority in Haurabi.
Their languages are Hausani and English.
Some haiti speak a different language, a Dili language.
The people who lost their boats were mostly Hausans.
There were also some other people, some from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and China.
“It’s just an incredible tragedy,” said Shilpa Kulkarni, who was a Haitien who was rescued from a boat off the shores of Hukan.
She said she’s grateful for the help of the Hausas, but also frustrated at the lack of communication and help from the Haits.
“How could they send a boatload of people to Hauriki, a country that’s so far away?
It’s not like they’re just coming by themselves,” said Kulkararni.