Asylum Seeker’s Suspected Suicide Sparks Outcry and Investigation

Mika’s Tragic Death

The devastating news of an asylum seeker’s suspected suicide, identified as Mickael Essouma, known as Mika, rocked the Bibby Stockholm migrant barge.

Mika, a medical researcher and doctor from Cameroon, reportedly took his life in a communal bathroom within the vessel in Portland Port, Dorset. His deteriorating mental health while on the barge had raised concerns among local volunteers assisting migrants.

Ignored Calls for Help

According to reports, Mika’s distress had escalated in recent weeks, culminating in a tragic outcome. Allegations surfaced that his pleas for an emergency doctor’s appointment were disregarded by security personnel on board, despite his escalating cries for assistance.

He was discovered deceased at 6.20 am following reports of frantic screams and banging within his shared room.

Mourning and Tributes

The community’s response to Mika’s death was one of grief and solidarity. Flowers and tributes adorned the port gates, while a candlelit vigil was scheduled in his honor.

Amidst calls for closing the facility, the Home Office initiated an investigation into his death.

Desperate Attempts for Support

Volunteers, including Heather Haddow from the Portland Global Friendship Group, described Mika as a gentle and intelligent individual.

They highlighted his struggle with deteriorating mental health, citing efforts to relocate him from the barge due to his condition. Despite his significant contributions in medical research, Mika faced challenges getting the support he needed for his mental health concerns.

Neglect and Heartbreaking Circumstances

Reports unveiled a distressing narrative of neglect, where Mika’s repeated requests for medical attention were allegedly ignored.

Volunteers recounted his escalating mental health issues, his struggles with psychosis, and the challenging environment the barge posed for someone with his needs.

Seeking Justice and Closure

The tragic incident reignited discussions about the conditions on the barge. Calls to Dorset Council to address planning issues and concerns regarding the vessel’s environment echoed sentiments of hope for closure and justice for Mika’s untimely demise.

Ongoing Investigation

Dorset Police, responding to the incident, initiated inquiries into the circumstances surrounding Mika’s death. The involvement of the coroner’s office further underscores the gravity of the situation, as investigations into this heartbreaking event continue.

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