24-year-old Refugee from Eritrea Drowns in Oldebroek, Netherlands
Software Translation from Dutch
www.rd.nl | July 28, 2017
How the accident in Oldebroek has happened with a 24-year-old refugee from Eritrea is not clear yet about her drowning. The woman had a residence permit and lived in Oldebroek.
Whether someone is responsible for the death of the wife of Eritrean descent is unclear.
Different parties point to each other and to the victim’s own responsibility. The 24-year-old Eritrean woman disappeared in a lake at the ‘T Loo’ bungalow park in Oldebroek. The woman, a refugee, lived for a year and a half with about thirty other women in Wezep in a property for people with a residence permit.
The victim was with the other women from the house by the lake. The woman disappeared almost immediately under water. She turned out to be unable to swim. Only after an hour of searching for emergency services was the woman found. She was brought to the hospital, but shortly after arriving there she died. The police assume an accident.
Due to the victim’s status of residence, the municipality of Oldebroek and not the Central Organization for asylum seekers (COA) is the first to be responsible for the conduct of the house and the doing and latency of the residents.
The municipality says through a spokesman “that the Eritrean women are very intensively accompanied by Oldebroek. For the past two years, there is a daily VlugchtelingenWerk present for guidance. For example, we refer to the hazards of road and water. An example of this is that we have learned to bike them in the first few days. Although we guide them where we can, they hold their own responsibility. They are free to go and stand where they want. “
The COA is responsible for the reception of asylum seekers who are awaiting a residence permit. It is often unclear how it has been done with the swimming skills of asylum seekers.
The COA and Refugees Work Netherlands advocate that all asylum seekers who need it will receive a swimming lesson. “People staying in asylum seekers are prepared in every way for their stay in our country. So also in the field of swimming skills. If an asylum seeker is near swimming water, we assume that people should take a swimming lesson if possible, “says Jan Willem Anholts of COA. According to Anholts, asylum seekers can go further and stand where they want, that’s their own responsibility. “If asylum seekers want a lake, they have that possibility.”
According to Martijn van der Linden van VluchtelingenWerk, the question of how the tragic accident can happen is not easy to answer. “Unfortunately, the woman is not the first asylum seeker who has become a victim of drowning. We therefore constantly insist that adequate attention is paid to the introduction of swimming skills. “
By 2016, 86 people died of drowning in the Netherlands. Children between the ages of five and ten are the most frequent victims of drowning accidents. Over the past seven years, one in 100,000 children with non-western backgrounds drowned. That figure is ten times as high as in children of this age with a Dutch background.
There are increasing initiatives across the country to provide swimming lessons to refugees and minorities. “Where possible, we do, like the other agencies involved, a dent in the bag,” said Van der Linden. The COA also actively contributes to initiatives that promote the swimming skills of asylum seekers. It is not known how many refugees, asylum seekers and status and license holders perish drowning annually.