An exhausted Justin Desamour stepped off a plane Tuesday with cuts up and down his slender arm, relieved to be back in his homeland but haunted by his fresh memories of a disastrous journey.
The 17-year-old from northern Haiti was among 111 migrants who survived when their overloaded sailboat capsized in the southern Bahamas last week. Survivors clung to the hull and the mast for hours, fighting to stay alive. Authorities say about 30 people died, and Desamour says a brother and cousin were among those killed.
“God is the only one who saved me,” Desamour said as he returned from his ill-fated voyage along with most of the survivors. They were among 228 migrants the Bahamian government sent home Tuesday after detaining them recently for illegally entering the Bahamas. Continue reading