Ethiopians’ deadly journey to South Africa

Ethiopians  journey to SAFrom ADANE BIKILA in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
ADDIS ABABA, (CAJ News) – MORE than 30 Ethiopians have been rescued after being stranded for five months in Mozambique en route to South Africa for greener pastures.
Seven died during the abortive trip.
The migrants, all males aged between 21 and 39 years, including three children aged between 15 and 17, had been promised work and studies by relatives in South Africa.
Each paid around US$ 3 500 (R48 860) to smugglers, which is six times the average yearly income in Ethiopia.
They had travelled through Kenya and Tanzania on foot, by boat, minibus or hidden inside goods vehicles.
The Ethiopians crossed into Mozambique through an unpatrolled border crossing in the northern province of Cabo Delgado.
However, their move to South Africa was cut short in October when the open transporter in which they were travelling collided with another vehicle, resulting in the death of seven migrants.
The International Office of Migration (IOM) has facilitated the return of 34 survivors back to Ethiopia.
“These people left their homes in search of better job opportunities,” said IOM Ethiopia Migration Management Coordinator Fumiko Nagano.
Following their arrival in Ethiopia, IOM provided each adult migrant with a small reinsertion allowance and transportation to Addis Ababa’s bus station, where they caught buses to their home towns.
“No further assistance will be provided to facilitate their reintegration due to lack of funds,” said Nagano.
Thousands of Ethiopians are in South Africa after fleeing hunger, civil strife and economic problems.

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