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At least 46 Ethiopians drown off Yemeni coast

At least 46 Ethiopians drown off Yemeni coast

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<p>At least 46 migrants trying to cross from Somalia to Yemen have drowned when their boat capsized, UN officials say.</p> <p>Another 16 people are missing after the vessel overturned in rough seas off Yemen’s coast, the International Organization for Migration (<span class="caps">IOM</span>) says.</p> <p>Survivors say the smuggler’s boat was carrying at least 100 people who had left the port of Bosaso to find work in Yemen and other Gulf countries.</p> <p>Reports say all the migrants were Ethiopian nationals.</p> <p>The International Organization for Migration says the boat capsized in the Gulf of Aden on Wednesday morning. </p> <p>Among the victims were 37 men and nine women.</p> <p>A number of passengers on board the crammed vessel were without life jackets, survivors say.</p> <p>“Over 7,000 poor migrants take this perilous journey every month; some 100,000 took it just last year,” said <span class="caps">IOM</span> official Mohammed Abdiker.</p> <p>“They are treated appallingly and go through horrendous conditions. This has to end,” he added.</p> <p>Migrants and refugees have been travelling to Yemen from the Horn of Africa for decades because of its proximity and the perception of the country as a gateway to other Gulf states and Europe.</p> <p>But the country is in the midst of a civil war and is facing a dire humanitarian crisis.</p>

They are treated appallingly and go through horrendous conditions. This has to end.

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