Ethiopians deported after failed Middle East moves

somalia mapFrom SAAD MUSE in Mogadishu, Somalia
MOGADISHU, (CAJ News) – SOMALIA has deported 50 vulnerable Ethiopian migrants after unsuccessful attempts to reach the Middle East through the Horn of Africa.
Five women, 29 men and 16 children were sent back home.
The International Office of Migration facilitated the identity
verification and issuance of travel documents, paving way for the
deportations.
Migrants transiting through Somalia’s Puntland region face a number of
risks including kidnapping by smugglers for ransom, as well as other forms of exploitation and abuse.
“Migrants are considered a source of income by smuggling networks and
impunity for these criminal acts has resulted in the increasing incidences of abuse of migrants in the hands of the smugglers,” said Solomon Tagel, spokesperson of the IOM in Somalia.
Most of the deportees planned to make the perilous journey across the Gulf of Aden to the Middle East in search of jobs.
Along the way, they fell into the hands of smugglers.
Apart from economic challenges, Ethiopia is facing drought and terrorism, which is forcing thousands to flee the country.

– CAJ News

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