Canal death: Kurdish woman who died while crossing canal told fiancé she was on her way just before boarding the boat | World news

A young Kurdish woman who drowned on Wednesday in the English Channel did not tell her fiancé that she was about to board a boat to sail over until the last minute.

The 24-year-old – also known as Mariam – died along with 26 others as their flimsy raft ran into difficulties mid-cut.

Baran Nouri Mohammedameen did not tell her fiancé that she was about to board a boat to cross until the last minute
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Baran Nouri Mohammedameen did not tell her fiancé that she was about to board a boat to cross until the last minute

The incident has caused renewed political disagreement on both sides of the Channel.

During a speech at the family’s home in Soran in northern Iraq, Baran’s cousin and childhood friend told Sky News how much the two adored each other and that she wanted to join him in Europe.

“They loved each other so much, they were birds of love,” Iman Hassan told us.

“I’ve never seen anyone like them. I wanted to tell my husband, look at him, buy roses like him! They loved each other and were so respectful of each other.

Iman Hassan talked about his cousin and childhood friend's love for his fiancée
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Iman Hassan talked about his cousin and childhood friend’s love for his fiancée

“She did not even tell him she was going this way [by sea], he was trying to find a better way. So what she did before she got on the ship was take a picture and say ‘I’m coming to you’. They loved each other so, so much. “

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Sky News spent the day with family, relatives and friends in mourning in the house in Kurdistan.

We were shown the last GPS location for the boat, midway between Calais and the Kent coast. That was the moment when her fiancé, who was following her journey across, realized that something could have happened.

With tears in his eyes, Baran’s younger brother Mohammed said he will remember the last time they hugged.

He said: “My last memory with her, which will remain in my head forever, is that we were at Erbil International Airport. That was the last time I said goodbye to her and I hugged her.

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“Baran was a loved one in the family and in general. Anyone who has ever seen her or met her once can not forget her for sure, they could not. And to me she was a sister and a friend. I am deeply sorry that she left with such a tragic accident. “

Despite their losses, the family showed no signs of anger or guilt. Baran’s father said God took her and explained why she wanted to go to Britain.

Baran's younger brother Mohammed remembered the last time they hugged
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Baran’s younger brother Mohammed remembered the last time they hugged

He said: “They chose Britain because it’s a good place, it’s safe … people move or migrate there for their own good, but it was God’s destiny that it did not succeed.

“I ask these countries, especially Britain and European countries, to help and respect Kurdish migrants and migrants from other countries.”

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