A Trafficker Drowned 50 Migrants Near the Coast of Yemen on goal

Casey Dawson
August 11, 2017

A smuggler bringing migrants from Somalia and Ethiopa "deliberately drowned" forced over 120 people into the sea, resulting in up to 50 dead off the coast of Yemen, the United Nation's International Organization for Migration said on Wednesday.

IOM's Yemen mission chief, Laurent de Boeck, said on Wednesday that survivors reported smugglers pushed migrants from the boat when they saw "authority types" near the coast.

International Organization for Migration staff assist Somali and Ethiopian migrants who were forced into the sea by smugglers on Wednesday. This is shocking and inhumane.

IOM personnel found the shallow graves of 29 migrants on a beach in the southern province of Shabwa. The approximate average age of the passengers on the boat was 16. Over 30,000 of them are under the age of 18 and came from Somalia and Ethiopia, while a third of them are said to be female.

After the smugglers dumped their human cargo, she says they turned back to Somalia to pick up more people and bring them back on the extremely unsafe, deadly voyage. "Even if you are aware of the dangers of the route, as a migrant you buy into the idea, the dream of finding a job there", Headon added.

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"A total of 1,000 migrants have been rescued since April of this year in northern Niger by the (IOM's) search and rescue operations", the agency said. The dead were buried by those who survived. Reports suggest that many Africans who arrive in Yemen are connected to the groups fighting the war.

The journey is especially hazardous at this time of year due to strong winds in the Indian Ocean.

This year 55,000 African migrants reached Arabian Peninsula through this unsafe route, IOM said.

Crossing the Gulf of Aden and Red Sea is particularly risky because of strong currents and high winds. "Too many young people pay smugglers with the false hope of a better future", he said.

Yemen, which was already a poor country, has been crippled for two years by a war between Shiite Huthi rebels and President Abed Rabbou Mansour Hadi, whose government is backed by a Saudi-led coalition.

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