Yemen: 42 migrants drowned, including 16 children

In the sea off Djibouti, according to the International Organization for Migration, a boat with migrants capsized on Monday. The victims were 42 people, including at least 16 children, informs AMPE.

African immigrants continue to make their way to the wealthy Gulf states, flocking to war-torn Yemen. Under similar circumstances, 20 people died on the way to Yemen, another 8 Ethiopian citizens – on the way to Djibut in October last year. Immigrants are also dying in detention centers – in early March in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, a fire killed 45 people, 200 were injured of varying severity.

The Bab al-Madeb Strait, which separates Djibouti from Yemen, is a key sea route for international trade and a theater of human trafficking. According to IOM, some 32,000 migrants, most of them from Ethiopia, settle in Yemen. However, Jeffrey Leibovich, IOM’s director of emergency situations, says:

“The living conditions of displaced migrants in Yemen have become so tragic that many of them feel they have no choice but to turn to traffickers again to return to their homes.”

Since May last year, at least 11,000 migrants have moved from the Horn of Africa to Yemen and vice versa, according to the International Organization for Migration, on “dangerous travel” that facilitate the activities of traffickers. Many ended up in the poorest Arab country, which has been involved in armed conflict since 2014. According to the UN, this conflict is causing the most serious humanitarian crisis in the world.

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