They left their homes in the hope that they would be able to lead a better life far away. But they died in the waters between Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. At least 20 refugees did not survive the trip from Djibouti to Yemen.
As reported by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), smugglers are said to have simply thrown 80 people overboard. At least 20 refugees drowned.
“The smugglers began to scream that there were too many people on board,” the message said. The boat with 200 migrants, including underage children, left on Wednesday. About half an hour after departure, the terrible tragedy broke out.
Five bodies recovered
According to the organization, five bodies have so far been recovered. Survivors of the tragedy are being treated in Djibouti. It is currently unclear which countries the refugees come from.
Often, however, people from Ethiopia or Somalia would try to get to Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates via this route.
In the Gulf of Aden it is the third such case within the last six months, according to the IOM announcement. In October, 50 refugees lost their lives in the same way. (man)