Teenage girl found in boat drifting for 22 days at sea – BBC News

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A 17-year-old from Ivory Coast has shared her incredible story of being rescued after spending three weeks adrift at sea.

Out of 59 passengers, Aicha is one of only three to survive – recovering after 10 days in hospital.

It’s the biggest known tragedy involving migrant boats in the Canary Islands.

Aicha left her hometown in November and travelled to Mauritania, where she got the boat. Only her older sister knew of her plans to make the perilous journey.

She was rescued by a Spanish Air Force crew member, who she has now been reunited with.

Video Journalist: Bruno Boelpaep

Additional filming: Juan Antonio Dominguez

BBC News YouTube Channel

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    Mauritania, officially the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, is a country in Northwest Africa.

    Approximately 90% of Mauritania’s land is within the Sahara; consequently, the population is concentrated in the south, where precipitation is slightly higher.

    The capital and largest city is Nouakchott, located on the Atlantic coast, which is home to around one-third of the country’s 4 million people.

    The country’s official religion is Islam, with almost the entire population being Sunni Muslims. Arabic is the official language, with French also widely used due to its colonial history.

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