A YOUNG Vietnamese woman is feared to be one of the 39 migrants found dead on a lorry after she texted her mum to say she was “dying”.
Hoa Nghiem from Human Rights Space, a civic network based in Vietnam, said 26-year-old Pham Thi Tra My sent a text message to her mother saying she could not breathe at about the time the truck container was en route from Belgium to Britain.
“I’m sorry Mom. My path to abroad doesn’t succeed. Mom, I love you so much! I’m dying bcoz I can’t breath … I’m from Nghen, Can Loc, Ha Tinh, Vietnam … I am sorry, Mom,” the message said, according to Hoa.
She said Tra My had gone to China and was planning to reach England via France.
“Our contact is getting more alerts that there could be more Vietnamese people in the truck,” Hoa said on Twitter.
This is the screenshot of Tra My's last text and her photo, posted with permission from her family's contact. pic.twitter.com/8ErWHBPrbJ
— Hoa Nghiem (@HoaNghiem3) October 25, 2019
Police have said they believe the dead were Chinese but Beijing said the nationalities had not yet been verified.
“We hope that the British side can as soon as possible confirm and verify the identities of the victims, ascertain what happened and severely punish criminals involved in the case,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said.
It came as three people were arrested on Friday, local time, in connection with the deaths.