The United Nations has announced that more than 64 people are missing and feared dead after a boat carrying African migrants capsized off the coast of Yemen.
The International Organization for Migration said in a statement: “More than 64 people are missing and feared dead after the boat they were traveling in capsized off the coast of Yemen last Sunday,” explaining that the tragic accident occurred between the Al- Hajjaja and Ghurairah. area in the Bab al-Mandab Strait. The boat was carrying about 90 migrants, including 60 women, on their way to Yemen from the coast of Djibouti.
The statement stated that 26 survivors were rescued by the Yemeni Coast Guard, noting that the cause of the sinking was due to overloading, technical fault in the engine, and worsening weather conditions due to strong monsoon winds.
He added, “The International Organization for Migration, together with partners and relevant authorities, is working to gather more information about this incident.”
Last August, more than two dozen migrants were reported missing and presumed dead after a ship sank off the coast of Djibouti.
The eastern transition for African migration has registered a significant increase in the number of missing persons coming illegally to the Yemeni coast.
The organization revealed 867 deaths recorded at the Horn of Africa-Yemen crossing by the Missing Migrants Project of the International Organization for Migration in 2022.
The organization confirmed, in its statement, that these numbers are less than the real death toll, due to the ongoing migration flights to the Yemeni coast.
Matt Hooper, Acting Head of Mission of the International Organization for Migration in Yemen, said: “This tragedy highlights the urgent need for global cooperation to create safer migration routes. We encourage our partners to work closely with the International Organization for Migration to strengthen support. for migrants in Yemen, and address the causes.” “The roots behind their decision to embark on these dangerous journeys, and to work collectively for safer and more humane support for migrants.”
According to the statement, this latest incident “serves as a stark reminder of the challenges faced by migrants who undertake dangerous journeys in search of safety and better livelihood opportunities.”
Due to its strategic location in the Arabian Peninsula, Yemen is considered a transit point and destination for migrants from the Horn of Africa, especially Ethiopians who go to the Gulf countries in search of work.
The statement said: “Many migrants arrive in Yemen unaware of the abuses and challenges they may face along the way. Often, those who survive the perilous journey across the sea fall prey to traffickers who control almost every aspect of their journey .”
According to previous statistics, the Movement Tracking Matrix of the International Organization for Migration recorded, during the period from January to October 2023, the arrival of more than 93,000 migrants in Yemen, which exceeds the total of approximately 73,000 arrivals for the whole year of 2022.