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One Hundred African Emigrants Lost in Aden's Gulf
  Written By: Abdul Rahim Al-Showthabi  ( YEMEN POST STAFF ) 
  Article Date:
October 13, 2008



The United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said last Friday that nearly 100 illegal Somali Emigrants were missing in the Gulf of Aden after the carrying boat forced them to jump into the water while they were still far from the Yemeni coasts.

UNHCR spokesperson Ron Redmond told media that his agency and its partners have been looking for the 100 who were forced at gunpoint to jump off, while they were some miles off.

Redmond told the AFP news agency that only 47 out of 150 Somali and African emigrants survived the incident. They were all boarding the same boat that was coming from the Marrirah seaport in Somalia.

He added that smugglers threw the illegal emigrants some 5 kilometers off Yemen's shores, revealing that his agency watched Yemeni coastguard as they were burying the corpses. 

In return, official sources announced that Hadramout and Abyan coast guards have received about 400 Somali refugees over the last week, maintaining that there is a constant flow of African refugees to the country. 

In three smuggling seasons, thousands of people have made their way to Yemen where they seek to live a better life. For many of them, Yemen is just a transit destination from which they can travel to other countries. 

Despite the different warnings of taking this path and the different disasters seen at sea, more Somali and African emigrants still undergo this risky and hazardous journey paying less attention to warnings. 

In this regard, UNHCR produced visual/audio program to raise awareness among the would-be emigrants, warning them against the risks of such perilous journeys, especially when they are smuggled in wrecked old boats.

Somalis and African emigrants are not interested to live in Yemen as the overwhelming majority prefer to seek job opportunities or reinstatement in richer Arab Gulf states, European countries or America.

In related new, a Somali refugee killed his friend and injured another, following conflict between them over dividing the value of a mobile phone they had stolen.

A source in the Capitalís security said that the Somali stabbed his friend in the heart, causing his immediate death.

He also attempted to kill his second friend but his stab only injured the second person. Security forces managed to arrest the killer.