Deaths at border France/Belgium/UK

In Calais and in this border area, French and British migration policies are claiming victims. This chronology lists the migrants who died trying to reach the United Kingdom. Never forget, never forgive! No justice, no peace! #refugeeswelcome

1999-01-11 02:36:39

Unknown

An Iraqi man was found dead, crushed under a truck under which he was hiding, at Dover.

1999-03-03 02:36:39

Dauty Artant

Dauty Artant, a 25-year-old Kosovan, died in Calais in undetermined circumstances.

1999-08-01 02:36:39

Unknown

An Iraqi man was found dead in Dover, crushed under a truck under which he had hidden.

2000-04-09 00:45:03

Unknown

A woman died in hospital after falling under the wheels of a truck in St Leonard’s, Hastings. The other four people hidden in the truck were arrested.

2000-06-18 14:05:31

58 people

54 Chinese men – Yang Jiao Hua, Li Yong, Lin Zhao Hang, Lin Chen Xing, Sun Dao Xian, Cheng Kam Kwon, Lin Li Guang, Kuo Chien Ming, Xue You Jie, Cai Fang Quing, Ni Yan Hua, Lin Yi Hua, Gao Jun Wei, Zheng Bo Ying, Lin Guo Liang, Cao Xiang Ping, Chen Xing Zhong, He Chang Ming, Xue Di Di, Cao Xian Xin, Jiang Jan Ming, Lin Ming Gui, Jiang Bin, Lin De Bin, Chen Yi Hua, Li Zheng Guang, Lin Ming Kun, He Yu Yuan, Lin Tong Hui, Lin Tong Yong, Ke Yong Min, Ye Qi Ban, Dong Ti Di, Li Xaio Xiang, Lin Bin, Weng Rui Ping, Lin Fa Ming, Lin Bing, Lin Ming Hui, Lin Bin Jian, He Hua Shun, Yang Xin Xian, Lin Feng Di, Yao Zhong Ai, He Ming Qiang, Lin Xian Long, Chen Jin Tian, Lin Xin Chai, Shi Wen Jie, Ding Xiang You, You Long Zhong, Lin Xue Luan, Li Zhen Quan, Guo Ting Xing, and 4 Chinese women – Lin Rul Zhen, Gao Yue Ru, Lin Guang, Ke Mei Zhu, died of suffocation in a truck coming from Zeebrugge (Belgium). Their corpses were discovered by customs officials in Dover. Two survivors were found unconscious in the truck and taken to hospital, in shock and suffering from dehydration.

2000-11-17 07:35:06

Unknown

An unnamed man in his twenties, of unknown nationality, was found dead in Dover docks, possibly run over by the truck he was hiding under.

2001-02-01 20:58:22

H... Abdulaye Ib…

An Iraqi man in his thirties was struck by a shuttle bus at the Channel Tunnel terminal. According to the newspaper Nord Littoral, he was the first migrant to have died on the site of the Channel Tunnel. He was buried in the communal area of the cemetery of Coquelles. On a wooden plaque, we read a name, partly illegible, ‘H ... Abdulaye Ib …’ and the date of his death: ‘1 February 2001’.

2001-04-12 20:58:22

Houdin

A man, probably Afghan, died of electrocution at the Channel Tunnel terminal in Coquelles. In the communal area of the Coquelles cemetery, we can still read the date of his death on a wooden board, but his first name is no longer readable. We can decipher his surname: Houdin.

2001-06-08 20:58:22

Ahmadi Ahmad

25-year-old Ahmadi Ahmad, of Afghan nationality, died in undetermined circumstances in Calais. He was buried in the Coubertin cemetery in Calais.

2001-08-20 20:58:22

Unknown

On 20 August 2001, a Kosovan migrant was traveling irregularly on a ferry crossing the Channel from Ostend (Belgium) to Dover (Great Britain). He was arrested and then immediately embarked on a return trip to Ostend. He managed to evade the police vigilance and jumped off the ferry. He drowned.

2001-09-06 13:50:48

Sabir Mohamad

Sabir Mohamad, a 19-year-old Iraqi man, died after being hit by a vehicle on the departmental road near the Sangatte camp.

2001-10-18 04:24:07

Omid Jamil Ali

Omid Jamil Ali, a 21-year-old Iraqi Kurdish man, died after falling from the roof of a freight train in the Channel Tunnel. Three years after his death, on 29 October 2004, his body was repatriated to his village of Sharbaza, in northern Iraq, thanks to a fundraising campaign organised by IRR. Jamal and Galawza Ali Said, his parents, forwarded photographs of his funeral to IRR.

2001-10-30 14:12:06

Unknown

An unnamed man died after falling off a truck he was hiding under on the Calais-bound carriageway of the A16 motorway.

2001-12-08 08:42:56

8 people

Thirteen people (11 Turkish, 1 Algerian and 1 Albanian) trying to reach Dover following directions from a smuggler hid in a container at the port of Zeebrugge (Belgium). This container was unfortunately not destined for Dover, but for the south of Ireland. They remained locked in this grave-like container for 4 days. When they were discovered in Wexford, 8 of them – Mustafa Demir (23), Yuksel Ucaroglu (26), Hasan Kalendragil, Kalender Kalendragil (15), Zeliha Kalendragil (10), Samiye Guler (28), Imam Guler (9) and Berkam Guler (4) – were dead. The survivors were all in a critical condition, dehydrated and in a semi-coma.

2002-01-18 00:08:19

Unknown

A 20-year-old man of unknown nationality was electrocuted on the roof of a freight train at the entrance to the Channel Tunnel in Coquelles.

2002-02-17 04:27:08

Unknown

A man was discovered dead in the Channel Tunnel in the night, by a maintenance crew. His age and nationality could not be determined.

2002-02-20 09:41:41

Unknown

A man of unknown nationality died, crushed by a wagon jack while trying to board a freight shuttle with four other men at the entrance to the Channel Tunnel in Coquelles. He was buried in the communal area of the cemetery of Coquelles. On a wooden board, we can still decipher the date of death, 20 February 2002, but his name and surname are illegible.

2002-03-28 21:10:29

Unknown

A man of unknown nationality died in circumstances now forgotten. He was buried in the communal area of the cemetery of Coquelles. On the wooden epitaph, we can no longer distinguish his surname or first name, but we can see the date: 28 March 2002.

2002-04-15 16:10:32

Mohamad Abdal Rahman Abdullah

Mohamad Abdal Rahman Abdullah, aka Ali Sharif, a 25-year-old Kurdish Iraqi man, died of stab wounds in the compound of the Sangatte Red Cross centre. He was buried in the communal area of the Sangatte cemetery.

2002-06-05 18:12:39

Hawkar Hussein

Hawkar Hussein, a 25-year-old Iraqi Kurdish man, died after being shot in the head under the bridge of the A16 motorway leading to the Calais ferry terminal.

2002-06-12 20:14:45

Unknown

A Russian man drowned while attempting to cross the Channel in a canoe. His body has not been found. Another man clung to the drifting canoe for five hours before being rescued and taken to Calais hospital, suffering from hypothermia.

2002-06-19 00:08:19

Hussein Jenziki

Hussein Jenziki, 35, of unknown nationality, died in 2002, the date and circumstances of his death are now forgotten. He was buried in the communal area of the cemetery of Coquelles. On a marble slab placed on the floor, his name and surname are written in Arabic, followed by the dates ‘1967-2002’.

2002-06-19 00:08:19

Mohamed Shabir

Mohamed Shabir, 26, of unknown nationality, died in 2002, the date and circumstances of his death are now forgotten. He was buried in the communal area of the cemetery of Coquelles. On a marble slab placed on the floor, his name and surname are written in Arabic, followed by the dates ‘1976-2002’.

2002-10-04 08:29:47

Mehdizadeh Naderi Mehrdad

Mehdizadeh Naderi Mehrdad, 31 years old and of Iranian nationality, died in undetermined circumstances.

2002-12-16 08:29:47

Unknown

An unnamed young Iraqi man was found dead under a truck during a traffic check at the Saint-Omer toll booth, on the A26 motorway, not far from Calais.

2003-02-24 13:06:14

Sarkawat Hussein

Sarkawat Hussein, an 18-year-old Iraqi man, was crushed to death under the axles of a truck at the Calais ferry terminal.

2003-06-18 17:14:25

Unknown

The body of an unnamed Ivorian man, about 25 years old, was recovered from the sea, not far from Eastbourne. The man was a stowaway aboard the Patricia Delmas freighter and jumped into the sea after being discovered.

2003-07-01 17:14:25

Two unidentified men

Two unidentified men who tried to cross the Channel to reach Britain were found drowned by a rescue team.

2003-07-12 17:14:25

Elmas Ozmico

Elmas Ozmico, a 40-year-old Kurdish woman, died of sepsis. She had developed an abscess on her way from Turkey to join her husband, hiding in a truck with her two children, aged 8 and 7, and her nephew, aged 19. Upon their arrival in Dover on 8 July, her nephew Emurallah Sanci asked for her to be examined by a doctor, but his request was ignored. She was transferred to hospital the next day, after losing consciousness, nineteen hours after arriving and requesting assistance. At the inquest, medical experts said Elmas Ozmico could have survived if she had received prompt medical care.

2003-08-17 19:29:34

Hekmat Karim Salih

Hekmat Karim Salih, a 29-year-old Iraqi Kurdish man, died in a truck coming from Le Havre, crushed by the transported goods. His body was found in Poole and identified by his cousin who lived in Leeds. Two other men in their twenties, hidden in the same truck, were arrested by police.

2004-10-26 14:52:10

Unknown

An Iraqi migrant died when hit by a heavy truck on the A16 motorway near Marck, crushed by the truck's coupling hook.

2004-10-29 14:52:10

Mohamed Al-Mahi

Mohamed Al-Mahi, a 38-year-old Somali or Sudanese man, died after being stabbed at the edge of a railway line in the Dunes industrial zone of Calais.

2004-11-22 14:23:28

Kazem Mustafa Amar

Kazem Mustafa Amar, 26, of Iraqi nationality, died in Calais in undetermined circumstances.

2005-10-05 09:27:30

Do Van Ky

Do Van Ky, a 37-year-old Vietnamese man, died after he jumped or fell from the truck he was hiding in at the Haddon gas station, near Peterborough.

2005-12-23 19:57:45

Unknown

The crushed body of an unidentified Iraqi man was found in the rest area of Ghyvelde, France. He presumably slipped under the wheels of the truck he was trying to hide in.

2006-01-05 21:08:06

Jaffar Haimen

14-year-old Jaffar Haimen, of Iraqi nationality, died in undetermined circumstances. His body was repatriated to Iraq.

2006-04-23 10:24:23

Unknown

An unidentified Asian man between 24 and 45 died after falling from the truck he was hiding under on the A14 motorway in Cambridgeshire.

2006-05-11 04:25:03

Asif Azmad

Asif Azmad, a 17-year-old Afghani, died as he fell off the truck he was hiding under, on the A3 motorway near Clanfield. The truck had entered Britain through Portsmouth from France. Asif wanted to join his brother Ahmad, a student in London. His body was identified by police eight months after his death.

2006-06-16 10:23:26

2 people

Three unidentified Pakistani men were discovered in a heavy truck trailer in Witham, Essex. One of them, about 25, had died of dehydration. A second was critically dehydrated and died in hospital on 22 June.

2006-09-01 19:30:00

Unknown

An unidentified man was killed in a fight in the Dunes industrial zone area in Calais. He was buried in the communal area of the southern cemetery of Calais. On a wooden epitaph, the word ‘unknown’ and the date of death appear.

2006-10-08 17:27:53

Unknown

Two unidentified Iraqi men, both in their twenties, were found on the A20 motorway in Sellindge, Kent. One of them was dead, hit by the truck they were hiding under, the other was seriously injured. The truck came from Denmark, and entered Britain through Dover.

2006-11-01 16:05:39

Unknown

An unidentified 40-year-old Afghan man was crushed by the truck he was hiding under in Harlow, Essex.

2007-07-07 06:57:50

Louam Beyene

Louam Beyene, a 19-year-old Eritrean woman, died after being hit by a car while she was running across the A16 motorway in Calais to escape the police. Her body was repatriated to Eritrea.

2007-12-17 05:54:11

Ali Briar

Ali Briar, an Iraqi Kurdish man, died after being hit on the A16 motorway. Seeing a police vehicle, he took fright and crossed the Dunkerque motorway, near Marck, where he was hit by a minibus.

2008-07-14 21:07:21

Unknown

An unnamed Iraqi man died, hit by a heavy truck during the night on an access flyover for the A16 motorway, not far from Calais.

2008-07-23 21:07:21

Mansour Habib Hamidey

Mansour Habib Hamidey, a 23-year-old Eritrean man, was stabbed to death in the Saint-Hilaire-Cottes area, on the A26 motorway. He was buried in the cemetery of Lens. A few months earlier, the occupants of the Norrent-Fontes camp, supported by volunteers from the Terre d'Errance association, had freed themselves from the Sudanese smugglers who controlled the Saint-Hilaire-Cottes area. Threatened with reprisals by these smugglers, they had filed a complaint. Seven Sudanese men were taken into custody in relation to the stabbing, and four of them jailed. The main culprit, who carried out the stabbing, was sentenced to ten years' imprisonment and a ten-year ban from French territory for manslaughter. Another man was sentenced to four years in prison.

2008-09-01 01:28:53

Baj Singh

Baj Singh, an Indian man from the Punjab, aged 33, was crushed by the truck he was hiding under, in Trent Vale. His fingerprints revealed that he had been arrested and returned to France twice by the immigration services while traveling from Calais to Dover. It was during one of these arrests, on 18 April 2008, that he had given his name as Baj Singh.

2008-10-12 09:06:32

Ramadan

Ramadan, an Eritrean man, drowned in the Saint-Omer canal, while trying to get into a truck parked near the canal. Jean-Pierre Everaere, a French man aged 47, also drowned while trying to rescue him.

2008-12-02 09:06:32

Duy Nguyen

Duy Nguyen, a 25-year-old Vietnamese man, was found dead in Winchester, Hampshire, in a truck coming from Calais. The autopsy indicated death from hypothermia.

2009-01-07 07:36:40

Maroufkel Kherullah

Maroufkel Kherullah, a 30-year-old Afghan man died, stabbed during a brawl in the 'jungle' in Calais.

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