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Italy buries 26 Nigerian Girls allegedly murdered at Mediterranean Sea



Italian Government buries 26 Nigerian Girls murdered on Mediterranean Sea - BellaNaija

The 26 girls who were reportedly sexually abused and murdered on the Mediterranean Sea while trying to cross into Italy.

2 men had been apprehended in connection to the deaths of the girls, mostly aged between 14 and 18.

A journalist with AP Trisha Thomas shared a photo of the girls in their caskets at the Italian cemetery in Salerno.

Another journalist with Channel 4 News Paraic O’Brien also shared on his Twitter a clip of women laying flowers on the caskets.

He also shared a close up of 2 caskets with blue flowers for 2 of the deceased who were pregnant.

The Nigerian Government is still yet to release a statement concerning their deaths, amid criticism.

Photo Credit: @TrishaThomasAP


  1. Tessa Doghor

    November 17, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    Thank God I am not the only one that noticed that an 18 year old which is the oldest age is a teenager and should not be described as a woman…

    What kind of conditions would warrant 26 women to die of drowning or of sexual violence, and all the reporters are not quite sure

    They seem to know that the girls/women seem not to have any value to their country.

  2. Tessa Doghor

    November 17, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Sexually abused or murdered, drowned at sea? Which is it?

    I feel so much rage right now.

  3. Engoz

    November 17, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    And we have a ‘women’ ministry. This is so sad.

    • Becca

      November 17, 2017 at 3:54 pm

      Poor reporting by BN, it’s been already confirmed that the bodies of 26 migrants aged 14-18, which were recovered from Mediterranean this month, showed no signs of abuse. They drowned!

  4. seriously

    November 17, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    This article left me speechless. I really don’t know what to say.
    Okay, were these girls taken against their will, promised a better future on the other side of the world or they were aware of the situation? And why were they murdered?

    • Engoz

      November 17, 2017 at 2:53 pm

      It is shocking.

    • Avocado

      November 18, 2017 at 7:25 am

      After the SHOCK!!! OUTRAGE!!! ANGER!!! and PAIN!!! comes the QUESTIONS!!! WHY??? Such WICKEDNESS!!!
      TEAMWORK of the EVIL kind –
      I think of the people who gathered these little girls from homes in Nigeria and sent them on a Journey of No Return. God knows who you are. May you never have peace and joy. You are responsible!
      I think of all the people involved along the “ROUTE”, your hearts of stone will not save you. You are responsible!
      Those who were waiting for the arrival of these children to sell, use and abuse them, the cold shrug of your shoulders will shame you all the days of your lives. You are responsible..
      The SILENCE of those who knew, should have said or done something will forever deafen them all the days of their lives. You too have a part of the responsibility.

  5. Lacey

    November 17, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    Sometimes it beats me the way our citizens are maltreated in other countries and the Idiot Aisha Bihari and her old cargo husband sit and do nothing!!! These are children for Christ sake!!! Because they can pimp their own daughter to a billionaire in Nigeria and then go ahead to show disdain for the less privileged in the society!!! God will surely punish them and their generation!!!

    • Physio Tinu

      November 17, 2017 at 5:08 pm

      Everything is Buhari. What about the permanent secretarys and ministers of Women Affairs, or Foreign Affairs or Tourism and Culture and National Affairs or Youth development? While I understand that everything rest and falls on the leader, the sooner we start mentioning and calling out those whose office is directly responsible for specific duties, the more they would sit up and the better for us all. Afterall, they are being paid to work aren’t they?

    • Fence

      November 17, 2017 at 10:08 pm

      @Physio Tinu – you have a great point o but you see my dear you are also very politically naive with matters regarding your country…smh

  6. Fence

    November 17, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    the Italian government seems to know that these girls would be of no value to their country. The girls may not have achieved their goal of crossing into Italy alive but at least the country is giving them a befitting burial. On the other hand their home country is quiet, sigh. Shame on Nigeria!

    this picture made me sad.

  7. gbaskelebo

    November 17, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    This truly hurt, all for a better life you end up in Davy Jones locker, If there is anything like reincarnation please do not pass through the route you came through before and if you must… choose the palace, choose the upper class, choose the place where you will not be affected by the harsh hands of poverty and ignorance, I am pained…. “Okhi-owie” it is, we never say good night… we say till the morning, we may not see you anymore but…let your dawn break in a place of peace and quiet.

  8. Bowl

    November 17, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    The Nigerian citizen is that child without a mother . He has no covering of any privilege, rights whatsoever if even when he enjoys a dual citizenship .
    I want my Biafra with all of its problems!

  9. Mrs chidukane

    November 17, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    Shame oh. Even the Ambassador couldn’t be there.

  10. chi

    November 17, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    The Zoo country. Biafra will not be perfect but I can bet my life it will be better than the Zoo.

    • californiabawlar

      November 17, 2017 at 11:44 pm

      Oh shut up!!

    • chi

      November 18, 2017 at 9:58 pm

      Let me guess your Yoruba.I still don’t get why you yorubas won’t mind your business,anytime you fulani slaves hear biafra you guys start fuming in the mouth. Is it a must to share country with you people and your masters in the north. I dont blame you I blame the stupid igbo “efulefus” living in your midst ( especially in lagos)..they won’t understand until it is too late.

    • olanna+odenigbo

      November 20, 2017 at 6:31 pm

      I am Igbo and you sound really naïve if you think Biafra will save you from these kinds of stories….very naïve indeed.

  11. Tasmea

    November 17, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    This drowning at sea is getting out of hand and becoming ridiculous!!!! The government of all countries need to take action. Obstruct the water ways and patrol the seas day and night. Nobody and I repeat nobody should be crossing seas illegally. This should actually become a federal criminal offense with maximum prison sentence. This is not funny! It’s better to be in prison than dead. All these child traffickers should be given the death sentence, all of them! No matter how exposed and mature a 14 years is, she is still a child and some deranged adults put them up to this. This is rather unfortunate.

    • Lilo

      November 18, 2017 at 12:41 am

      Eh yah. The government should put barricade or barbwire around the sea. Or even net to catch insistent migrants who want to enter their country by force? #soroNiyen

    • AmericanWonder

      November 18, 2017 at 1:16 am

      What’s sad is that their families probably paid the traffickers to send their child to ‘abroad’. There’s so much publicity about these sea drownings and life in Libya. Nigerian press reports stories of people the govt has brought back from Libya and how relieved the victims are to be back on home soil after the sufferhead they experienced, warning others not to bother. IF people still insist on taking the risk, what more do you want the govt to do. as we say, you are on your… we don tell you.

  12. There is still a country called Nigger right in the smach middle of Africa! ???????

    November 18, 2017 at 4:58 am

    IVE STRUGGLE IN THOUGHT! Wondering what would be the proper thing to,say in light of this tragedy, and after a real long while to fink about this iv realised, since there is nothing new we are seeing here: i found perhaps this would be an ideal time for someone to send Mother Africa a memo “Asking to plzzz stop shitting all over the place, thank you”

    Make sure you do not miss the slave auction documentaries of Libya Video, posted onto Youtube and get the full spectrum view of the hell MAMA AFRICA is putting the world through, with her mindless children.

    • artklub

      November 18, 2017 at 9:15 pm

      Right back at you troll!

  13. ij

    November 20, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    This is why putting the right people with the right skills is very important, at the moment we have daft inexperienced people in key political positions who under proper circumstances have no business in the industry or area of government they find themselves.
    There are people currently collecting hefty salaries in positions that could have stopped this from happening but every month they will collect salary after doing absolutely nothing.
    Clearly these girls don’t matter, they never even existed because they were unfortunate to be born Nigerian.

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