Tuesday, September 15, 2009

U.N.: Somali Migrants Feared Dead

Migrants 'drown' off Somali coast

"Some 65 migrants are feared to have died this week, trying to cross from Somalia to Yemen, the UN says.
Sixteen deaths have been confirmed, while 49 people are missing feared drowned in three separate incidents, says the UN refugee agency.
Eleven people suffocated, while three were beaten to death by people smugglers, it says.
Hundreds of Africans drown each year, trying to reach Yemen in crowded and often unseaworthy boats.
The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, says people smugglers are now using larger vessels 'which puts more lives at risk'. "

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