Thousands of people risk their lives every year to cross the Gulf of Aden to escape from conflict, violence, drought and poverty. Due to the escalation of the conflict in Somalia and the drought affecting the Horn of Africa, the numbers of new arrivals are increasing: in 2007, according to the UN, 30,000 people embarked on the dangerous trip; during the first five months of 2008 more than 20,000 arrived in Yemen. Many of them never made it: in 2007 more than 1,400 dead and missing were reported; so far, in 2008, 400 did not reach the shores of Yemen alive.