Keeper dies trying to get to Europe

Nov 04, 2016, 02:57
Keeper dies trying to get to Europe

Fatim Jawara, 20, quit Gambia to head across the Sahara desert to Libya in September. According to Vanguard, the 19-year-old was part of the Gambian team that made history by putting the country's name on the world map in the women's Under-17 World Cup in Azerbaijan in 2012.

Jawara was with other migrants attempting to cross from Libya to Europe when the boat she was traveling in capsized.

Bajo said Jawara would be remembered for saving a penalty kick by the Glasgow Girls team.

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GFF President Lamin Kaba Bajo described her death as unfortunate saying he received the news with shock.

According to the cousin, the family was informed of Jawara's death by the smuggler whom she paid to help her into Europe.

Gambians represent the fourth-largest group of arrivals to Italy by number according to the International Organization for Migration.

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Despite the United Nations reporting that 60 percent of the population live in poverty, and a third survive on $1.25 or less a day, the Gambian president, Yahya Jammeh, previous year dismissed the economic worries of migrants from the country.

According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), almost 3,500 migrants have lost their lives in the Mediterranean this year.

In August, meanwhile, two members of Guinea's Olympic team disappeared from the Rio 2016 Athletes' Village and did not return home.

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It is possible they have become illegal economic migrants, continuing a trend of African athletes going overseas for Olympic competition and remaining in the host country.

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