Somalis repatriated after horror trip to Europe

mediterianFrom SAAD MUSE in Mogadishu, Somalia
MOGADISHU, (CAJ News) – THE International Office of Migration (IOM) has this year repatriated more than 1 300 Somalis following the victims’
torturous and unsuccessful trips to Europe.
The latest arrivals, 316 migrants, reached the East African country this week from Yemen, across the Arabian Sea.
The return ended a five-month ordeal that started in February when a
smugglers boat, carrying hundreds of Somalis hoping to reach Europe,
headed north up the Red Sea on the western coast of Yemen.
The boat docked once in the South of Yemen where a few kilometres in, it was hit by another, killing 40 people and severely injuring 13 others.
At the intervention of the IOM, a passenger boat has managed to transport the stranded migrants from Yemen to the Port of Berbera in Somalia.
Over the months, while the migrants were waiting to leave, IOM helped
ensure the injured received medical care, food and clothing.
“The most vulnerable were women and children,” Rabih Sarieddine, IOM spokesperson, said.
The operations have been organized in cooperation with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
In their unsuccessful attempts to reach Europe, most migrantsleaving
Africa in search of greener pastures in Europe fall victim to smugglers
and traffickers, arbitrary detention, violence and forced labour.
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