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The volunteers helping return the bodies of those who died in the Channel tragedy

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A homage in Calais to those who died when their inflatable dinghy sank in the Channel on November 24th. © Photo Marie Magnin / Hans Lucas via AFP A homage in Calais to those who died when their inflatable dinghy sank in the Channel on November 24th. © Photo Marie Magnin / Hans Lucas via AFP

All of the 27 bodies recovered after the sinking in the Channel last month of an inflatable dinghy carrying migrants attempting to reach the UK from France were finally identified last week, when official permits were issued for their burials. The dead were from seven different countries, to where their families want their remains to be returned. But, as Nejma Brahim and Sarah Brethes report, the French state will only provide for burials in France, and the costs involved of repatriating the bodies are beyond the relatives’ resources.

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