UN migration agency assists survivors of deadly shipwreck off Djibouti — Global Issues

The migrants were on a boat carrying at least 77 people from Ras al-Ara, off the coast of Yemen, when the boat capsized off the coast of Djibouti near Obock, killing 24 people and leaving 20 missing.

A similar incident occurred just two weeks ago, killing at least 38 migrants.

Two such tragedies in two weeks highlight the dangers faced by children, women and men traveling on irregular routes. “We underline the importance of establishing safe and legal routes for migration.” Said Tanja Pacifico IOM Ambassador to Djibouti.

In search of a better life

In both cases, the migrants are believed to have been trying to return to Djibouti from Yemen, unable to go to Saudi Arabia in search of better jobs or other opportunities.

Every year, tens of thousands of migrants from the Horn of Africa, particularly Ethiopia and Somalia, attempt to travel to Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states via Djibouti, but often fail and end up stranded in Yemen.

“We must try to prevent situations that threaten the safety and well-being of migrants as much as possible, and ensure that migrants can maintain contact with their families,” Pacifico said.

numbers are increasing

IOM displacement tracking matrix (DTM) reported that 3,682 migrants have left Yemen for Djibouti since the beginning of 2024. This is more than double his number from last year.

Despite the dangerous and life-threatening journeys, IOM’s DTM has recorded some 380,000 journeys along the Eastern Corridor from Africa to Arab Peninsula countries, claiming 1,350 lives and leaving many more dead. Not reported.

IOM Djibouti continues to support local governments to prevent similar deaths at sea and on land. The organization is also partnering with 48 other humanitarian and development organizations and governments to coordinate regional migration response plans (MRPs) that address the humanitarian needs of migrants along the eastern route.

Ms Pacifico said: “As coordinator of the UN Migration Network, IOM is actively working to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in distress and develop practical recommendations to address the plight of missing migrants and their families. ” he said.

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