15 Ethiopian migrants died of hunger in stranded boat

Eritreans _ Sudanese
Photo : File. Sudanese and Eritrean survivors from last week boat accident off the coast of Libya. Photo source – DW Amharic

July 31, 2019

The United Nations Migration Agency, International Migration Organization (IOM), disclosed on Tuesday in a Twitter message that least 15 Ethiopian migrants died of hunger in a stranded boat somewhere between Djibouti and Yemen. 

The migrants were without food or water for one week as tweeted by IOM:  

“Over 90 Ethiopian migrants were stranded on a boat between Djibouti & Yemen for 1 week with no food or water leading to the death of at least 15 people. Our health & protection teams are supporting the surviving migrants, who arrived in Al Buraiqeh [Aden] yesterday.”

Surviving migrants have arrived in Al Buraiqeh and they are reportedly getting support from Health and protection team of IOM. 

Reuters cited IOM to report that the boat smuggling migrants to Yemen from Djibouti was stranded after it broke down. 

“Those on board reported that lives were lost due to hunger, thirst & intentional drowning, while some people died in Yemen, as they could not reach health facilities in time,” Reuters quoted IOM as saying. 

Last week, at least 100 migrants were killed after a boat capsized off the coast of Libya while 145, mostly Eritreans and Sudanese, survived. 

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