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Samaria Ayanle: When Will Missing Black Women Be Prioritised? – MyCyberBase

A body recovered in the Thames in February is believed to be Samaria Ayanle, a missing 19-year-old student, the Met Police has confirmed. Samaria’s family and friends have been informed.

Samaria was last seen on 22 February on CCTV footage at her university accommodation near Marble Arch. A body was discovered by a member of the public later that morning on the north foreshore of the Thames near Putney Pier.

She was reported missing by SOAS University of London staff last Friday (8 March). Samaria’s death is being treated as unexplained and pending further inquiries, per the Met. Formal identification is yet to take place.

The news is raising urgent questions about how universities, police, and media outlets respond to reports of missing Black women.

The National Crime Agency reports that Black people accounted for 14% of missing people in England and Wales between 2019 and 2020, which is four times the relative population of Black people living in England and Wales during this period (per NPCC). Moreover, research into the ethnicities of missing people (conducted by the charity Missing People) indicates that “people from minority ethnic groups were missing for longer, less likely to be found by the police, and less likely to be recorded as being at risk, than white people.”

The lack of media coverage surrounding Samaria’s disappearance has also been criticised by many on social media. As journalist Nicole Vassell previously wrote for GLAMOUR, “If Black people are so over-represented in numbers of missing people, why is the opposite reflected in the media coverage?”

For Black Women UK, a non-profit that raises awareness about black femicide, sexual violence and domestic violence of Black women and girls in the UK, there is a “clear pattern” of missing Black people’s bodies being discovered near bodies of water – including Blessing Olusegun, Richard Okorogheye, and Olisa Odukwe – which warrants further investigation.

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Samaria was studying for a BA in Japanese and the History of Art at SOAS University of London. The university is facing criticism for its handling of Samaria’s disappearance.

A SOAS spokesperson said: “We are deeply saddened to hear that police have discovered a body which is believed to be that of Samaria Ayanle, who was a first-year student at SOAS University of London, studying for a BA in Japanese and the History of Art.

“Our thoughts are with her family, loved ones and friends at this difficult time.

“We know that this news will be felt by many and we will be doing everything we can to support friends, family and the wider student and staff community.”

Our thoughts remain with Samaria’s family and loved ones during this devastating time.

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