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Somalia To Yemen, A Perilous Journey
ISSUE 257
Front Page
Index
Headlines

Kenyan Parliamentary Delegation Given A Heroic Welcome In Somaliland

Islamic Courts called on foreign Muslims to fight Ethiopia

Djibouti: A Double Agent

Somali Courts Chief Threatens To Free Men Convicted Of Terrorism In Somaliland

SOPRI Delegation Travel To Togdheer Region

United Nations Issues Call For Peace During Lull In Somalia's Fighting

Peace Hopes Fade In Somalia As Fighting Rages

UIC capture frontline town

Heavy clashes in Somalia: ICRC calls for protection of civilians

Regional Affairs

Ethiopia Warns Losing Patience As Somalis Clash

Kenya: State Acts to Control Fever That Has Killed 11

Editorial
Special Report

International News

Rice Welcomes Ugandan Role in Easing Somalia

Annan Deplores Escalating Somalia Conflict

Resource warfare intensifies across "Grand Chessboard" and Horn of Africa

Somalia Crisis Centers on Islamist Hardliners Versus Ethiopia, says Analyst

U.S. Does Not Plan To Send Troops Against al-Qaida in Somalia

Gang Leader 'Incredibly Violent'

U.S. Sees Growing Threats In Somalia

FEATURES & COMMENTARY

Why The United States Should Recognize Somaliland’s Independence

Chavez Landslide Tops All In US History

Seven Questions: War in Somalia

Africa's Challenge To Hollywood Dominance

INCREDIBLE: Nomads Survive On Camel Milk For One Month

Somalia: Country outlook

Food for thought

Opinions

An Open Letter To Hon. Muite Team In Somaliland

Somaliland Constitution & Islamic Sharia Law

The Reappearance Of Siyad Barre's Henchman

Think-Tank Mission To Somaliland By SOPRI

The Need For Somaliland To Be Vigilant...

Islam Used To Oppress Women

Arabs vs. Israel

Factors Behind Ethiopia's War Against Somalia

Is Rayale Eligible For Another Term?


Geneva, December 15, 2006 – It’s that time of year when many in Somalia attempt to cross the Gulf of Aden, hoping for a better life in Yemen and elsewhere in the Middle East.   However, it’s often a perilous journey due to smugglers and the risk of capsizing.

Astrid Van Genderen Stort is a spokesperson for the UN refugee agency, the UNHCR.   From Geneva, she spoke to VOA English to Africa Service reporter Joe De Capua about a tragic end to a recent attempt to cross from Bosaso to Yemen.

“The situation has been for months now very difficult…during this period when the seas are calmer, a lot of boats are coming. Over the past week, we had several boats arriving and again, on Wednesday, two boats approached the coast of Yemen. And while approaching, five people were beaten up by the smugglers and thrown overboard. And later these people were found by fishermen and buried. The remaining 205 people, who were on the boats, landed in Yemen, but were immediately detained by the Yemeni authorities. It took us about 24 hours to get them released,” she says.

During her interview with VOA, the UNHCR spokesperson received word that three other boats had just capsized off the coast of Yemen. Few details were available.

The UNHCR says it’s seeing more families trying to make the journey. Usually most of those crossing to Yemen are single men. Also, many are saying that they left Somalia due to repression by the Islamic Courts Union, who controls much of the country, and fears of war between Somalia and Ethiopia.

Source: VOA

 


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