Remembering the deaths of eight refugees in the Wexford container tragedy

Posted On: December 12, 2011

This month marks the tenth anniversary of the eight people who died in a freight container while fleeing persecution in their native countries.   On Sunday 11 December, Chief Executive of the Irish Refugee Council, Sue Conlan, will join a group of Turkish, Kurdish and Irish people to remember the three men, one woman and four children who died.

Sue Conlan says: “Today our thoughts are with the families and friends who lost loved ones in the tragedy of December 2001. This tragedy illustrates the plight of refugees who are forced to risk their lives in order to find safety and security.  Ireland provided a sanctuary to those who survived the tragedy ten years ago but its recent record in the field of asylum suggests that it has lost sight of its duty to provide protection.”

 

-ENDS-

 

Further information

 

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Notes

  • The eight people died of oxygen deprivation as they were smuggled in a freight container from Belgium to Waterford.  Their remains were discovered when the container was opened in Wexford Business Park.
  • On Sunday, 11 December a group of Turkish, Kurdish and Irish people will gather at Wexford Business Park to mark the anniversary of the eight people who died in a freight container there ten years ago.
  • The group will include two survivors who lost their families as well as friends and relatives of the victims.