Saturday, April 14, 2007

Trying to escape to a better life: 62 Somalis missing after human smugglers force some into water andboat capsizes

As reported here, escaping one deadly fate can lead to another:
A smugglers' boat carrying Somali migrants capsized off Yemen's coast and at least 62 were feared dead, officials and local media said Saturday.

Survivors told authorities that the human traffickers forced them into the sea after seeing the Yemeni coast guard. It was not immediately clear when the boat, which was believed to be carrying 96 Somalis, capsized.

About 32 Somalis were rescued, a security official in the coastal Abyan province said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media. (emphasis added)
On a scale of 1 to 10 of worthy human beings, what level would human smugglers occupy?

Photo credit:
On the cliffs of Mareero, a smuggler's departure point 14 km east of Puntland's commercial port, Bossaso, Somalis wait for the evening departure of the smuggler's boat they hope will take them to Yemen.
© afrol News / UNHCR / K McKinsey
Red line on Somalia map points to Bossaso.

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