1 Apr. (EUROPE PRESS) –
At least eleven Ethiopian migrants have died and another twenty have been injured when the smuggling vehicle in which they were being transported through the Somali town of Bosaso, which is home to the country’s largest port, crashed.
The incident took place last Tuesday, as reported by the International Organization for Migration, at the end of a route started by migrants to “cross the Gulf of Aden to Yemen” through the Somali port, the Ethiopian newspaper reported this Saturday. Addis Standard’.
Local communities brought the bodies and seriously injured migrants to the Bosaso General Hospital, which, according to IOM, is routinely operating beyond capacity due to such incidents.
“We sent most of the medical supplies we had stored at the Migrant Response Center (MRC) in Bosaso and our teams are providing physiological support to the injured,” said Frantz Celestin, IOM’s Chief of Mission in Somalia.
IOM’s Missing Migrants Project has documented, including this latest incident, the deaths and disappearances of more than 1,100 people traveling from East Africa to Yemen and Saudi Arabia on the so-called “eastern route” since 2019.
Although more than 50,000 people have been reported missing by families after leaving their home country since 2015 alone, the number of confirmed deaths provided by the IOM is almost likely an underestimate.