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This Clip of Spanish Beachgoers Watching as an African Migrant Boat Lands Will Put Things In Perspective

A new clip from The Guardian, shows beachgoers in Southern Spain watching as a boat carrying African migrants reaches shore.

A new clip from The Guardian, shows beachgoers in Southern Spain watching as a boat carrying African migrants reaches shore.


Up to 20 passengers can be seen running onto land in a dinghy and continuing into the surrounding countryside. The group, likely reached the area called Zahara de los Atunes—located just 7.7 miles from the coast of North Africa—via the Strait of Gibraltar. This route, considered "less hazardous" than the path from Mauritania to the Canary Islands, has become more widely used in recent months, as reported by the Guardian.

According to a spokesperson for the EU's Frontex border agency, this is the shortest route and it  allows for the passage of larger groups. The spokesperson also stated that migrant camp closures in both Algeria and Morocco may be responsible for migrants taking greater risks to reach Europe in recent months.

According to data from Frontex, the number of migrants who made the crossing into Spain in the early months of the year more than doubled that of last year, with 7,500 people entering the country in the first three months of 2017, compared to 3,200 crossing during the same period in 2016.

The migrant crisis is far from over, and this video is a glaring reminder. Watch it below.

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The Netherlands Returns Nigeria's Centuries-Old Stolen Artefact

The Netherlands has returned to Nigeria a 600-year-old stolen artefact, the Ife Terracotta, which has been received by Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

According to The Guardian Nigeria, the Netherlands has returned a 600-year-old artefact to Nigeria. This comes after the artefact was reportedly smuggled using fraudulent papers through Ghana to the Dutch country. Netherlands ambassador to Nigeria, Harry van Dijk, handed over the Ife Terracotta to Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture. The repatriation of the small but "priceless" Ife Terracotta has been a long journey considering it was reportedly smuggled out of Nigeria in 2019.

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