We still don’t know a huge amount about the Sudanese teenager whose body washed up on a beach near Calais yesterday. But we know enough.

 

We know that he was 16 years old. That he and his friend were trying to cross the Dover Strait in an inflatable dinghy, using shovels for oars, when they capsized. That the friend was found suffering from hypothermia while the late youngster, who did not know how to swim, was less fortunate.

 

The discovery of his body on a beach near Calais has horrified many. Yet it has surprised few.

 

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