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Pregnant women and three children were among 27 people who drowned trying to cross the Channel in a rubber dinghy. The tragedy occurred on Wednesday and is the deadliest incident since the start of the migration crisis.

Diane taylor has been reporting on the crisis on both sides of the Channel for years, as smugglers shifted from the trucks to the much more dangerous route through the 21-mile stretch of water in small boats. She says Hannah moore that at the heart of the problem is the political failure of the UK and France to provide sufficient safe and legal asylum routes.

We also hear from Ali, a 28-year-old Iranian who fled religious persecution in his home country and reached the UK after a previous terrifying attempt that ended with the rescuing of the passengers from his dinghy by a passing ship and his return to France.

On Thursday morning, despite the tragedy that had unfolded a few hours earlier, more people had boarded small, barely seaworthy boats to attempt the same crossing.

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