Gambian migrant dies in Italy

Monday, April 09, 2018

One Sanna Dampha, an irregular migrant who hailed from Brufut in The Gambia, has been reported dead in the Italian Island of Silicy recently.

The cause of his death was not established but close friends said he died a sudden natural death.

“He complained of illness shortly after closing from work, then decided to take a rest in his room, where he passed away.” Famara Drammeh, secretary of Brufut Diaspora Association explained.

According to him, ashes of the deceased are currently with the police for postmortem.

His death has left several friends and relatives in shock. Sheikh Drammeh, a Gambian migrant in Italy is one of them.

He said: “I’m very devastated to hear the sad news of someone who died in the cause of finding a better place to help his family back home, especially after taking the perilous back way.”

“It is very heart touching my brother; he came together with my brother to Italy from Libya. They were all in the same camp before the deceased was transferred to another camp and then lived in a rented house later,” he recounted.

Family sources said, Sanna has a history of severe stomachache which came on and off occasionally.

They hailed him as a hardworking and helpful personality.

The Italian Police is yet to hand over the body for funeral.

However, The Gambian Consulate in Italy said, the government of Italy will not be responsible for the repatriation of the body, since he was no longer hosted in an asylum camp.

Meanwhile, friends and compatriots in the diaspora have started to raise funds to fund the repatriation of his ashes to The Gambia.