Ships passed us by, says sun survivor of migrant tragedy


Mohammed Adam Oga, an Ethiopian migrant and the lone survivor of a long journey across the Mediterranean, speaks to Reuters from his hospital bed of the Mater Dei Hospital in the Tal-Qroqq, Malta August 17, 2019. Picture taken August 17, 2019. REUTERS / Darrin Zammit Wolves

TAL-QROQQ, Malta (Reuters) – The only survivor of a disaster by 15 migrants to reach Europe

Mohammed Adam Oga, an Ethiopian man, told Reuters TV from his hospital bed in Malta, still distressed from his ordeal.

On Aug. 12, a Maltese military helicopter spotted Mohammed slumped over the body of another man, the last of the group in a journey that Mohammed said lasted 11 days.

According to Mohammed's Accounts, the other 14 migrants, the pregnant woman, the food, the water and fuel ran out.

Their decomposing bodies were put overboard under a baking Mediterranean sun, with the pregnant woman dying near the end of the journey

"We ran out of fuel and out of the GPS device," he said. At one point in the briefing, his eyes glazed over and he twisted his head over his arms as if to curl himself into a ball.

"We were on the sea for 11 days and we ran out of food."

Reporting by Mark Zammit Cordina; Writing by Mark Bendeich. Editing by Jane Merriman

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