Recently engaged and leaving her studies in Iraq to move to Britain, Nouri Hamadami, 21, was reportedly one of the five women who drowned after their boat sank off the coast of Calais on the way to the UK.
One of the deadliest events since the migrant crisis began, the tragedy saw Hamadami and 27 others drown as their boat deflated. She was on her way to Britain to be with her fiancé, Mohammed Karzan.
Now it has been revealed that the partners had been exchanging messages over Snapchat during the devastating incident.
Karzan is thought to have been messaging Hamadami for four hours and 18 minutes in total, with him tracking her GPS to be aware of where she was.
The last message he received from her was a final update on how the dinghy boat was deflating and filling up with water. It appeared that those inside the boat were trying to get the water out, before the inevitable happened.
Karzan, a Kurdish immigrant living in the UK, told the BBC that his fiancée assured him that they would be rescued by someone else by sea, that the authorities would be on their way to save her. This was the last time he heard from her.
He had not originally known about Hamadami crossing the Channel, as it was due to be a surprise for him. Little did he know the reality of what was about to happen.
"I am in a very bad state," he admitted once he knew the truth of what had happened to his partner.
It is understood that her family are organising her funeral in the Kurdish City of Ibril.
On the Thursday before her body was identified, her fiancé shared concerns for her wellbeing, saying: “She is not in the UK, which means that she is gone. It is very sad for me, and for everyone.
“I had continuous contact with my wife and I was tracking her live GPS. After 4 hours and 18 minutes, from the moment she went into that boat, I think they were in the middle of the sea, then I lost her.”
He further added that they had a phone conversation before her signal disappeared, and she revealed that there were around 30 other people in her boat. Karzan then didn’t hear anything else.
After hearing the vessel capsized in the sea off the coast of Calais, Karzan said he tried to contact the people traffickers who had organised the boat to take them over. They then responded saying they can’t get in contact with any of the people on board. The last time he had contact with this fiancé was via Snapchat.
Hamadami’s father, Nuri Mohammed Amin, has also criticised France for allowing people smugglers to treat people "like animals".
“I ask the French government to tighten their borders and stop those butchers," he said.
"They are not smugglers, they are mafias. This is my only request.
“Those boats that they are using are not made for that purpose. They treat those poor people like animals. Where were her human rights?
“It is the role of the French government to have a strict procedure to stop those butchers to avoid further tragedies. And I hope our people stop even thinking about migrating using similar ways.”
It is said that another migrant, Mohammed Aziz, 31, also made a final chilling call to his friend before the fateful event. Peshraw Aziz says his friend told him: "It's not good, the engine isn't powerful enough – I don't know if we're going to make it."
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Iraqi Kurd Peshraw – who is living in a camp in Calais – hasn't heard from Mohammad since Wednesday's conversation, the Daily Mail revealed.
Meanwhile four youngsters – aged 12 to 17 – are feared to have died that same day.
There has been no official confirmation as to whether the four teenagers are among the victims. With 34 people believed to be on the boat, the vessel ran into trouble shortly after casting off from the French shoreline and a joint rescue operation by French and British authorities was called off late on Wednesday.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said she is working closely with her French counterpart to co-operate in joint patrols to "prevent these dangerous journeys from taking place".
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