Dozens of migrants believed to have died in drowning off Yemen’s southern coast Pantai

Dozens of migrants may die when a boat sinks off Yemen’s southern coast: Provincial official Lahij Jalil Ahmed Ali told AFP there was a shipwreck two days ago and between 160 and 200 people were found onboard the sunken ship. , according to some Yemeni traders.

A group of fishermen told Agence France-Presse that they had found the bodies of 25 people in the sea about 10 miles from Ras al-Ara, known as the final destination of trips organized by human traffickers looking for migrants from the Horn of Africa to take. . — from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, and Somalia — to Yemen. Residents in the Ras al-Ara region told Reuters that several bodies had been found on the beach.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has confirmed that there has been a shipwreck, but is still investigating these stories and trying to see if any survived. Abd Rabbu Mehwali, the former mayor of Ras al-Ara and the internationally recognized deputy education minister for the Yemeni government, told the Associated Press that the wreck left Djibouti over the weekend.

In recent years, hundreds of thousands of people in the Horn of Africa, mostly Ethiopians, and Somalis, have reached Yemen on emergency ships provided by traffickers to reach Saudi Arabia, a country whose economy is heavily influenced by foreign labor and dependent on others • Gulf countries looking for work. The Ras al-Ara region lies east of the Bab-al-Mandab Strait, 20 kilometers from the sea that separates Yemen from Djibouti and connects the Red Sea with the Gulf of Aden.

Migrants’ sea journeys from the Horn of Africa to Yemen are shorter than in the Mediterranean but still risky, also because of the conditions of the ships they are on: in at least April, 44 migrants died in another shipwreck. Even after their arrival on the continent, it is very difficult for migrants: In Yemen, there is a six-year civil war and the country is experiencing the worst humanitarian crisis in the world according to the United Nations.

According to IOM, some migrants are detained by traffickers for days or even months until their relatives pay the ransom. More than 32,000 people who arrived in Yemen this way are now stranded in a country struggling for food (among Yemenis alone, about 12 million people depend on humanitarian aid to support themselves), sleeping at home, and receiving medical treatment. care. Migration flows have slowed but not stopped since the start of the coronavirus pandemic: According to IOM, 5,100 migrants have arrived in Yemen since the start of the year.


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