Mariam Nouri Hamadameen named as first victim of Wednesday's Channel crossing tragedy

Mariam Nouri Hamadameen
Mariam Nouri Hamadameen
Samantha Haynes

By Samantha Haynes

Published: 26/11/2021

- 18:29

Updated: 14/02/2023

- 11:58

The Kurdish woman, 21, was from northern Iraq and was trying to join her fiancé in UK

Mariam Nouri Hamadameen, a 21-year-old Kurdish woman from northern Iraq, has been named as the first victim of Wednesday's tragedy in the Channel.

Mariam Nouri Hamadameen had travelled to Germany and on to France in a journey to join her fiance who already lives in Britain.

Mariam Nouri Hamadameen was recently engaged and a student. The 21-year-old Kurdish woman left her studies early to live with her fiancé.

Seventeen men, seven women, two teenage boys and a girl died near Calais while trying to reach the UK in a small inflatable boat.

There were two survivors - from Somalia and Iraq.

It comes as people hoping to cross the English Channel to the UK have said they will still make the journey despite the 27 deaths.

The incident on Wednesday has seemingly done nothing to deter people from making the perilous crossing from Calais to the Kent coast.

In Dover on Thursday, a group of people thought to be migrants wearing life jackets and wrapped in blankets were seen on board an RNLI lifeboat, while in France many continued to wait for their chance to cross to the UK.

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