A group of refugees and migrants from Somalia and Ethiopia arrive at a United Nations refugee facility in Ahwar, Yemen, after surviving a dangerous two-day journey in overcrowded smugglers boats from northern Somalia. MSF treated 475 Somali and Ethiopian survivors over five days; some had sustained knife wounds.
An MSF humanitarian affairs officer speaks with two brothers from Somalia who fled the war-torn city of Mogadishu to come to Yemen through the Gulf of Aden on a smuggler’s boat. Boatloads of people routinely arrive on Yemen's southern shores; the majority are Somalis fleeing war and persecution at home. Passengers are often violently abused by the smugglers.
Two Somali women refugees wait for a consultation with an MSF psychological counselor at clinic in Ahwar after surviving a dangerous two-day journey in overcrowded smugglers’ boats from northern Somalia.
A 20-year-old Ethiopian woman carrying her sister’s child on her back searches the shore for her sister. The three had come together on a smuggler’s boat from Bossaso, Somalia, and were separated when the smugglers forced the passengers to jump into the sea far from shore. The child’s mother was found seven hours later by a fisherman, miraculously alive.
A 24-year-old Ethiopian woman is treated by MSF medical staff on the beach in Ahwar after surviving in the water for seven hours. She had been forced to jump from the smuggler’s boat and became separated from her one-and-a-half-year-old baby and her sister.
A 24-year-old Somali man is examined at the MSF medical clinic in Ahwar, Yemen. He fled his war-torn homeland, surviving a dangerous two-day journey in an overcrowded boat operated by smugglers from northern Somalia.
Somali refugee children await relief assistance two hours after their arrival in southern Yemen on a dangerous and overcrowded smuggler's boat from northern Somalia on December 5. They spent 45 hours in the boat with 114 other people.
A severely dehydrated Somali refugee is treated by an MSF medical worker in southern Yemen on December 5. Some of the 114 passengers on the same boat said the smugglers beat them with iron bars to force them overboard as they neared shore.
An exhausted 19-year-old Somali refugee receives assistance from MSF after arriving in southern Yemen on a smuggler boat from Somalia. The 114 arrivals on December 5 comprise the latest wave of refugees and migrants to land in southern Yemen after crossing the Gulf of Aden this week, bringing the total number of arrivals over the last five days to 533.
December 04, 2008
Over three days in December 2008, a total of 420 refugees and migrants made the journey from northern Somalia across the Gulf of Aden to Yemen on dangerously overcrowded smugglers's boats. At least 26 people did not survive.