AN impoverished family of five who told The Sun they wanted to reach Britain for a “good life” are feared to have drowned in the Channel tragedy.
Mum Kazhal Rzgar, 46, plus children Hadya, 22, Twana, 19, Mubin, 16, and seven-year-old Hasty hoped to join relatives in Birmingham.
Hadya, 22, Mubin, 16, Hasty, seven, and mum Kazhal earlier this monthCredit: Louis Wood
Little Hasty, wearing a pink kitten hat, giggled as she played as if on a family camping tripCredit: Louis Wood
French police recently raided the so-called New Jungle migrants’ camp near CalaisCredit: Getty
But the Iraqi Kurds are believed to be among the 27 who perished in Wednesday’s dinghy disaster off France
We met them on November 17 as they re-pitched their tent in a marshy field after French police raided the so-called New Jungle migrants’ camp near Calais.
Little Hasty, wearing a pink kitten hat, giggled as she played as if on a family camping trip.
They had left their home, saying goodbye to the Kazhal’s policeman husband, then journeyed by boat from Turkey to Italy before reaching France five days earlier.
Mubin said his mum was terrified about the Channel crossing but believed it offered a chance of a decent life.
He added: “We don’t have the money. It’s 2,500 euros each. So that’s 12,500 euros for five of us. We’ll have to borrow it. We couldn’t afford for dad to come.”
Art student Hadya added: “In Iraq, we have no money. We just want a good life.”
When we checked the next day, they were gone. People smugglers had sold them seats on an unseaworthy death trap.
The husband last heard from them late on Tuesday, reportedly said: “They said they were about to get on a boat.”
Meanwhile, survivor Mohammed Shekha, 21, has vowed to board another boat “as soon as he can”.
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