Recent migrant boat catastrophe off the coast of Djibouti has resulted in at least 16 deaths

Apr 24, 2024 | International | 0 comments

The latest tragedy on the dangerous Eastern Migration Route from Africa to the Middle East has occurred. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reports that 77 people, including children, were on board, and it is assisting local authorities with search and rescue efforts.

Every year, tens of thousands of African migrants brave the “Eastern Route” across the Red Sea, travelling through war-torn Yemen in the hope of reaching Saudi Arabia. They are escaping conflict and natural disasters or seeking better economic opportunities.

Djibouti serves as the main transit country for migrants attempting to reach Gulf nations, as the distance is approximately 26 kilometres across the sea at the closest point. The IOM warns that the route is dangerous, as migrants are targeted by traffickers and can face kidnap, arbitrary arrest, and forced recruitment into warring groups, particularly in Yemen.

Just two weeks ago, another boat carrying mainly Ethiopian migrants sank off the Djibouti coast, claiming dozens of lives. They were reportedly trying to return to the Horn of Africa after fleeing Yemen, where thousands of migrants are stranded and trapped.

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