More than 7000 migrants use the Gulf of Aden every month. In 2017, more than 100,000 took
the route, says Mohammed Abdiker, Director of Department of Operations and Emergencies, who described the journey across Gulf of Aden as perilous.
At leas 46 Ethiopian migrants are reported dead in the Guld of Aden after a boat carrying 100 migrants is capsized near Yemen yesterday morning, according to a report by United Nations agency, International Organization for Migration (IOM). 37 of the victims are men while 9 are women,added the report.
16 other migrants are reported missing and are presumed to be dead.
The ICRC and Yemen Red Crescent organized the burial of those whose body has been recovered.
The UN agency said that its staff members were onsite and provided assistance to survivors who were reported to be traumatized.
IOM cited survivors to report that smugglers boat carrying 100 immigrants left the port of Bossaso, Somalia, a day before the accident ( June 5) and approached the shores of Yemen around 5 a.m yesterday. The smugglers did not give passengers life jacket. Survivors recount boat experiencing trouble as high wave struck as it approached the shore.
Mohammed Abdiker, Director of Department of Operations and Emergencies of the organization is quoted as saying “The Gulf of Aden’s shameful migration tragedy is one that is hidden in plain sight.”
The Associated Press reported in August 2017 that about 250 migrants were thrown to the sea of the coast of Yemen.
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