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Migrant children treated like adults as record influx overwhelms Canary Islands

By Corina PonsHoraci Garcia and Borja Suarez

SAN CRISTOBAL DE LA LAGUNA, Spain, Nov 14 (Reuters) – Orphaned during a coup in his homeland Guinea, teenager Moussa Camara took to sea in a wooden boat with 240 other migrants, enduring an 11-day voyage, half of it without food and fresh water, before reaching the Canary Islands.

Twenty people died en route, their bodies dropped in the sea, the travellers said, more victims of one of the world’s most perilous migrant routes.

Yet when Camara made it on Oct. 27 exhausted, famished and nursing sores from the sun, another problem beset him: police registered him as an adult and he was not allowed into a centre for minors with the better opportunities available.

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