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UN: 140 Missing, 49 Dead As Migrant Boat Sinks Off in Yemen

A boat that was carrying migrants and refugees to Yemen from the Horn of Africa has reportedly sunk. This resulted in 140 people missing and 49 others being killed. This data is according to the United Nations’ International Organization for Migration (IOM), reported BBC.

The vessel was carrying around 260 people. It was capsized on Monday. Most of the people on the vessel were from Somalia and Ethiopia. 

Reportedly, these people had started from the northern coast of Somalia. They traveled around 200 miles to reach Yemen, passing across the Gulf of Aden. 

Migrants and refugees from East Africa and Horn of Africa are highly brave. However, this journey is regarded as a dangerous one to reach Arab states like Saudi Arabia via Yemen. 

On Tuesday, the IOM released a statement revealing that 71 people were successfully rescued, out of which 8 people were transferred to the hospital. Among them, at least 31 women and 6 children were dead. 

Mohammedali Abunajela, the spokesperson of IOM stated that,

“The sinking of the boat on Monday is another reminder of the urgent need to work together to address urgent migration challenges and ensure the safety and security of migrants along migration routes.”

From 2021 to 2023, the number of migrants arriving in Yemen has tripled annually. Earlier, the exact number was 27,000. IOM said last month that the recent data says it is 90,000 now. According to UN reports, around 380,000 migrants are still in Yemen. 

Global Scenario of Migration 

In April 2024, around 62 people died as they were trying to reach Yemen. Their shipwrecks off the coast of Djibouti. As per data by IOM, around 1,860 people have either disappeared or died along the route. Moreover, 480 more people drowned in those places as well.

Al Jazeera reported that despite the life-threatening effects of a close to decade-long war in Yemen, more migrants and refugees are taking the route. 

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