Desperate Measures: Somali refugees: Ose_Yemen0121-01

Fadua Ibrahim Haj Mohamed from Ethiopia walks along the beach she just reached in search of her older sister December 1, 2008 near the town of Afwar on Yemeni coast. She is carrying Riyadh Mukhter Sutlan 1 year and 5 month old son of her missing sister. After the search, she believed that her sister is dead. However Fozia Ahmed Hoshin, older sister, was later found in the water by NGO staff and rescued by a local fisherman, and being united later with her sister and son at the reception center. At least 20 people drowned off the coast of Yemen early Monday morning and two were reported missing after smugglers carrying them across the Gulf of Aden from Somalia forced them to jump overboard in deep water. The boat was reportedly carrying around 115 passengers.  UNHCR, UN Refugee agency in southern Yemen said 20 bodies were recovered and two people were missing and the remaining 93 passengers made it to shore after being forced overboard near a village outside the town of Ahwar, around 220 kms east of the Yemeni port city of Aden. Survivors were transferred to the UNHCR-run Ahwar reception centre. The dead were buried in a cemetery donated by the government of Yemen. The new arrivals received first aid, food and water on the shore and were then transferred to the reception centre to receive a complete medical examination by MSF and other assistance. More than 43,500 people in over 850 smuggling boats have arrived in Yemen so far this year after making the perilous voyage across the Gulf of Aden from Somalia. Most of those smuggled are Somalis. At least 380 people have died and some 360 are missing thus far. In 2007, some 29,500 people made the voyage to Yemen and the overall number of dead and missing reached 1,400.

Fadua Ibrahim Haj Mohamed from Ethiopia walks along the beach she just reached in search of her older sister December 1, 2008 near the town of Afwar on Yemeni coast. She is carrying Riyadh Mukhter Sutlan 1 year and 5 month old son of her missing sister. After the search, she believed that her sister is dead. However Fozia Ahmed Hoshin, older sister, was later found in the water by NGO staff and rescued by a local fisherman, and being united later with her sister and son at the reception center. At least 20 people drowned off the coast of Yemen early Monday morning and two were reported missing after smugglers carrying them across the Gulf of Aden from Somalia forced them to jump overboard in deep water. The boat was reportedly carrying around 115 passengers. UNHCR, UN Refugee agency in southern Yemen said 20 bodies were recovered and two people were missing and the remaining 93 passengers made it to shore after being forced overboard near a village outside the town of Ahwar, around 220 kms east of the Yemeni port city of Aden. Survivors were transferred to the UNHCR-run Ahwar reception centre. The dead were buried in a cemetery donated by the government of Yemen. The new arrivals received first aid, food and water on the shore and were then transferred to the reception centre to receive a complete medical examination by MSF and other assistance. More than 43,500 people in over 850 smuggling boats have arrived in Yemen so far this year after making the perilous voyage across the Gulf of Aden from Somalia. Most of those smuggled are Somalis. At least 380 people have died and some 360 are missing thus far. In 2007, some 29,500 people made the voyage to Yemen and the overall number of dead and missing reached 1,400.