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Horn of Africa migrants drowned at sea

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Mediterranean migrant deaths spikeFrom ADANE BIKILA in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
ADDIS ABABA, (CAJ News) – HUMAN smugglers have deliberately drowned at least 120 Ethiopian and Somali migrants along the Arabian Sea.
ASmugglers in charge of the boat forced the victims into the sea as the
vessel approached the coast of Shabwa, a Yemeni administrative division.
The migrants had hoped to reach countries in the Gulf via war-torn Yemen.
Staff from the International Office of Migration (IOM) further found
shallow graves of 29 migrants on a beach in Shabwa, during a routine
patrol.
The dead had reportedly been buried rapidly by those who survived the
smuggler’s actions.
“The survivors told our colleagues on the beach that smugglers pushed them to the sea, when they saw some authority types near the coast,” said Laurent de Boeck, IOM Yemen Chief of Mission.
The smugglers reportedly returned to Somalia to continue their business
and pick up more migrants to bring to Yemen on the same perilous route.
“This is shocking and inhumane. The suffering of migrants on this
migration route is enormous. Too many young people pay smugglers with the false hope of a better future,” de Boeck said.
IOM estimates that some 55 000 migrants have this year left the Horn of
Africa to Yemen, most with the aim of trying to find better opportunities.
More than 30 000 of those migrants from Ethiopia and Somalia are under the age of 18. A third of these are estimated to be female.
Ethiopia and Somalia are experiencing decades-long conflict and hunger but the journey to Yemen is especially hazardous during the current windy season in the Indian Ocean.
Smugglers are active in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, offering fake
promises to vulnerable migrants.
– CAJ News

 

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