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The bereaved wife of a man who died in November 2021. The tragedy of the channel seeks answers

The bereaved wife of one of the 27 people who died in the Channel Tragedy in November 2021 has accused the government of failing to contact her in the year following her husband’s death.

Emebet, who lost her husband Fikeru in the incident, is calling on the government to apologize to those who lost loved ones in the incident.

“Even so, we haven’t received any information from the authorities,” Emebet said. “No one has spoken to me about the evidence – we’re just waiting to hear back. I want to hear them apologize – and say, “No one deserves this.”

“What hurts me, what is really painful, is the way he died,” she added. “It’s hard to think he was screaming for help, but no one came. They have all the technology to know where they are, but they didn’t come for them. He was left to die alone in the dark and cold. That’s what breaks the heart.”

Emebet, her husband Fikeru and two children were living a comfortable life in Ethiopia until November 2020, forcing Fikeru to flee for their lives.

Emebet had given birth to their son just 10 days earlier.

Fikeru kept in touch every day, letting his wife know where he was. On November 23 last year he sent her a message that he had found a smuggler who would bring him to Britain and that he would be leaving later that night, traveling in a small boat.

“I thought it was a big boat, like in the movies – I didn’t know it was that boat,” she said. “When travel [across the Channel] started, he called me and I fed our baby. I heard an engine behind him. He said he was on his way to the UK, that he loved us and would call tomorrow, but then nothing… We haven’t heard anything for days. Then my cousin and sister-in-law came to tell me that there had been an accident and Fikeru had died. From that point on, we’re in a very dark situation.”

For the relatives of those who died in the Canal, justice is beyond reach.

“I never thought I’d get to today,” she added. “The only reason I think about getting up is because of the kids. I can’t work, we don’t have our own apartment – it’s a very difficult situation. Fikeru was not only my husband, he was my best friend. Losing him, I lost almost everything.”


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