At least 42 migrants drowned off the coast of Djibouti. The deceased refugees were fleeing the war in Yemen and among them are 15 men, 8 women and 16 minors. Just over a month ago, a similar tragedy occurred, when 20 people lost their lives when they were thrown into the sea by traffickers.
There are already 42 migrants killed when the ship in which they were sailing off the coast of Djibouti sank , of which 16 are minors, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) confirmed on Tuesday, after eight other bodies were found .
“Unfortunately the death toll has risen to 42, among them there are confirmed at least 15 men, 8 women and 16 minors,” Ivonne Ndege, IOM regional spokesperson, told EFE, revealing that three of the bodies have yet to be identified. . ” Fourteen people survived and eleven of them have been transferred to the capital of Djibouti while three are being treated at our Migrant Response Center in Obock,” added Ndege.
The shipwreck occurred on Monday morning after the ship in which some “60 migrants escaped the conflict in Yemen” sank on its way to Djibouti, the IOM detailed today in a statement in which it recalled that each year “tens of thousands of Young African migrants undertake the dangerous journey from Somalia or Ethiopia through Djibouti and Yemen in search of work in the Gulf (countries). “
The regional director of the IOM for the East and the Horn of Africa, Mohammed Abdiker, yesterday regretted what happened and recalled that it is the “second tragedy of this type in little more than a month”, after the past 3 In March a score of people drowned when smugglers threw “at least 80 migrants into Djibouti waters .”
The traffickers responsible for this new incident are unaccounted for, Ndege said. “Stop and prosecute human traffickers and smugglers who exploit the vulnerabilities of migrants must become a priority,” the regional director stressed on his Twitter account.
On October 17, at least twelve other Ethiopian migrants – out of a group of 50 – died in front of Obock after being dumped by smugglers while trying to return from Yemen, and in a similar event twelve days earlier , another eight died and several were injured. , according to IOM figures.
With the closure of borders between Yemen and Saudi Arabia due to the covid-19 pandemic, thousands of migrants have been waiting in Djibouti for the moment to begin the journey.
The number of migrants using the sea route between the Horn of Africa and Yemen in 2019 surpassed the flow of the Mediterranean route for the second year in a row , with 138,000 people – mostly Ethiopians – crossing the Gulf of Aden, according to with IOM.