First 16 bodies from among 39 Vietnamese found dead in UK truck repatriated-media
The first 16 bodies of 39 Vietnamese people found dead in the back of a refrigerated truck after being smuggled into Britain last month have been repatriated to Vietnam, Vietnamese media reported on Wednesday. The bodies arrived at Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi early on Wednesday, online newspaper VnExpress reported and would be taken by ambulances to their homes in Nghe An, Ha Tinh and Quang Binh provinces.
The families of the victims, all aged between 15 and 44, have been plagued by confusion and anguish over how to get the bodies home. The families would have to pay for the repatriation of the bodies, costing up to 2,208 pounds ($2,832.86), according to a Foreign Ministry statement seen by Reuters.
The statement, dated Nov. 14, said the Vietnamese government would advance the payment, which families could repay later. The discovery of the bodies in a container on an industrial estate near London has shone a spotlight on the illicit trade that sends the poor of Asia, Africa, and the Middle East on perilous journeys to the West. ($1 = 0.7794 pounds)
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