An Iraqi family fears that one of their relatives may be among the 27 people who died crossing the English Channel.
A man named Shalaw told Sky News that his brother was on a boat midway to Britain at the same time as the incident on Wednesday.
He said his brother sent a voicemail to say he was crossing, but nothing has been heard from him since.
“They were on their way around this time, but we do not know what happened and whether he is with that group or traveled separately,” Shalaw said at his home in Sulaymaniyah in the north. Iraq.
“Honestly, we are very stressed about news from my brother because we have not heard from him.
“He’s younger than me and I’m worried about him.
“I hope we can get some news about him as soon as possible and we pray that he has arrived safely at his destination.”
The Kurdish regional government has confirmed to Sky News that Kurds were on board the boat but still working on numbers and identities.
Lawk Ghafuri, from the Kurdistan Regional Government, said: “The network of smugglers is really big and they motivate these people to leave.
“The government has done things to prevent this, and there is also more to come, it has already begun.”
Sir. Ghafuri added that they are “open to any assistance, whether from EU countries, the UK or other countries”.
“As long as we stop this problem and crisis KRG to coordinate with any country to stop this migration crisis,” he said.
Many Kurds have fled northern Iraq, Iran and Syria to Europe with Germany, Scandinavia and Britain as the most popular destinations.
Shalaw said he would still consider traveling himself, regardless of his brother’s fate, and many more Kurds would try as well.
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“I think if the EU or Britain does not come and listen to the people of Kurdistan, then this wave of people will continue,” he said.
“A lot of people are getting ready, and if it’s not this month, then a lot of people will travel out of Kurdistan in March or April, and that could turn into another bad road, and more people will die.”