World Scores of Teenage Migrants Were 'Deliberately Drowned' by Smugglers off the Coast of Yemen

22:31  10 august  2017
22:31  10 august  2017 Source:   time.com

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As many as 50 Somali and Ethiopian migrants , many of them teenagers , are believed to have been “ deliberately drowned ” when a human smuggler in charge of a boat forced more than 120 people into the sea off the coast of Yemen , according to the U.N. agency on migration .

As many as 50 Somali and Ethiopian migrants , many of them teenagers , are believed to have been " deliberately drowned " by a human smuggler . Scores of Teenage Migrants Were ' Deliberately Drowned ' by Smugglers off the Coast of Yemen .

Migrants and refugees on a rubber boat off the Libyan coast in the Mediterranean Sea on Nov. 3, 2016.© Andreas Solaro—AFP/Getty Images Migrants and refugees on a rubber boat off the Libyan coast in the Mediterranean Sea on Nov. 3, 2016. As many as 50 Somali and Ethiopian migrants, many of them teenagers, are believed to have been “deliberately drowned” when a human smuggler in charge of a boat forced more than 120 people into the sea off the coast of Yemen, according to the U.N. agency on migration.

In a statement released early Thursday, the International Organization on Migration (IOM) said it had discovered the shallow graves of 29 people on a beach in Shabwa, a Yemeni Governorate along the Arabian Sea, during a routine patrol operation.

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As many as 50 Somali and Ethiopian migrants , many of them teenagers , are believed to have been “ deliberately drowned ” when a human smuggler in charge of a boat forced more than 120 people into the sea off the coast of Yemen , according to the U.N. agency on migration .

Yemen : Smuggler Deliberately Drowns Some 50 Teenage Migrants - time.com. Scores of Teenage Migrants Were ' Deliberately Drowned ' by Smugglers off the Coast of Yemen . Smuggler ‘ deliberately ’ drowns 50 African teen migrants off Yemen - theeagleonline.com.ng.

The organization said survivors of the tragedy, who had been hoping to transit through Yemen to reach other Gulf countries, had hastily buried the dead upon reaching the shore.

IOM medical personnel treated 27 survivors, who were both male and female, while a further 22 people that had been onboard are reportedly still missing. The average age of the passengers was 16, IOM said.

“The survivors told our colleagues on the beach that the smuggler pushed them to the sea, when he saw some ‘authority types’ near the coast,” Laurent de Boeck, the IOM Yemen Chief of Mission said in the statement. They added that they believed the smuggler had returned to Somalia to pick up more migrants.

“This is shocking and inhumane,” de Boeck said. “The suffering of migrants on this migration route is enormous.”

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At least 46 migrants trying to cross from Somalia to Yemen have drowned when their boat capsized, UN officials say. Another 16 people are missing after the vessel overturned in rough seas off Yemen 's coast , the International Organization for Migration (IOM) says.

Image caption The survivors were found by IOM staff on a beach in Shabwa, Yemen . At least 29 teenage migrants were deliberately drowned by a people smuggler in Yemen , the UN's migration agency says. They were among 120 people who were deliberately pushed from a boat into the sea

An estimated 55,000 people have left the Horn of Africa for Yemen since January 2017, according to the IOM, in the hopes of finding better economic opportunities in Gulf countries. About a third of those migrants are female, and more than half were under the age of 18 when they left their home countries, the IOM says.

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