ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia
(Xinhua) -- The Federal Government
Communication Affairs Office of Ethiopia (GCAO) confirmed on
Tuesday the drowning of 46 of its nationals in the Indian ocean
earlier this month.
On June 6, a boat carrying 100
Ethiopians disembarked from the port of Bosaso in Somalia hoping
to reach the Yemeni coast.
However, the boat capsized in the Indian ocean before it
could reach the Yemeni coast leaving 46 dead.
Fifteen others are still missing.
The remaining 39 Ethiopians were rescued by Yemeni locals.
GCAO said it had confirmed the boat was carrying people
beyond its capacity and is working with the International
Organization for Migration to give emergency health treatment to
the survivors of the boat wreck which is currently sheltered in
GCAO further said it’s working with regional and
international organizations to bring to justice human
traffickers who are responsible for such kind of tragedies.
It is estimated that every year thousands of Ethiopians
looking for better economic opportunities abroad are trafficked
through Somalia, Djibouti, the Red Sea and Indian Ocean to reach
the Arabian Peninsula.
Ethiopian migrants in Yemen reportedly face constant abuses
by smugglers and other criminals, including arbitrary detention,
physical violence, sexual assaults and forced labor.
Police arrest group of 28 Ethiopians illegally present in