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Boats carrying migrants to Yemen capsize

BBC News is reporting that two boats carrying African migrants to Yemen, mostly Ethiopians, sank.  Early reports suggest the number dead is anywhere between 40 and 80.  The article goes on to discuss this issue more broadly, saying

Thousands of people attempt the dangerous journey from Africa across the Gulf of Aden to Yemen every year.

The UN’s refugee agency says more than 74,000 Africans arrived in Yemen in 2009, fleeing “desperate situations of civil war, political instability, poverty, famine and drought in the Horn of Africa”.

Yemen is seen as a gateway to a better life in the Middle East or Europe, but people smugglers often crowd the migrants onto old and unseaworthy vessels.

Hundreds of would-be migrants die before reaching their destination.



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