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Memorial service for migrant killed underneath bus

11:12 10/07/2018

Volunteers from two charities organised a memorial service in Brussels on Tuesday for a young Guinean migrant who died after strapping himself to the undercarriage of a bus in a bid to get out of Belgium.

20-year-old Amalou Ourez was killed shortly after the Flixbus set off from Brussels North station on 19 June for London.

Someone driving a car on Avenue Charles Quint, which leads to the E40, caught a glimpse of the man, who had managed to attach himself to the undercarriage near the back wheels.

The driver alerted the bus driver, who stopped the bus. The migrant - who had been handed an order to leave Belgian territory - was crushed by the bus's hydraulic braking system.

The Morts de la Rue association and Amitié Sans Frontières (Friendship Without Borders) organised the farewell ceremony with African songs at Berchem-Sainte-Agathe cemetery on Tuesday afternoon.

The charity's volunteers and members of the Guinean community in Brussels had written texts and poems in his memory.

Written by The Bulletin