Tuesday, February 28, 2006

A boat sailing from Somalia forced all of its 137 passengers into deep waters off the Yemeni coast

BBC News:

More than 30 of the migrants have drowned. Survivors that reached shore on Monday night says dozens more, including children, are missing.

Thousands of Somalis and Ethiopians attempt to cross the Gulf of Aden each year, many hoping to reach Europe.

Fearing Yemeni coast guards, smugglers often force their passengers overboard.

The smuggling networks target migrants and asylum seekers and an estimated 100 people a day arrive in Yemen between September to March - when sailing conditions are at their best.

However, the UNHCR says the risks of the voyage are extremely high, with passengers often paying the ultimate price.

"Smugglers torture, rape and shoot their passengers if they complain. It's very dangerous," UNHCR's Peter Kessler told the BBC's Focus on Africa programme.

Those aboard in this incident were Somalis and Ethiopians, including men, women and children.

Bodies have been washed up along the southern coast of Yemen east of Bir Ali.

"It is a sign of the fragility of the situation in Somalia and more and more Ethiopians are also opting to escape on this route," Mr Kessler says.

"It's clear that the political insecurity, especially after the election in Ethiopia, are driving more people from that country to seek asylum."

Ethiopian asylum seekers and migrants stranded in Somali port city

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At 1:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"many hoping to reach Europe"

Yes, where white people can provide for them what they have been unable to provide for themselves.

Contemplate the future of Europe if this human wave of third worlders, of which this is just a pinprick, is allowed to reach its shores...

At 3:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any bets on how many of these people were infected with HIV/AIDS?


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