Over 24 individuals missing after a shipwreck near Djibouti coastline

Over 24 Individuals Missing After A Shipwreck Near Djibouti Coastline

On Saturday, August 19, 2023, it was reported that a devastating shipwreck off the coast of Djibouti had resulted in the tragic loss of more than 24 migrants, who are now believed to be dead. This heartbreaking incident took place during the night of Thursday, August 17th, near the town of Obock, located in the northeastern region of Djibouti, specifically in Godoria. The rescued migrants have disclosed that approximately 60 people were on board the vessel, including 18 women and at least 2 children under the age of 18. So far, 26 survivors have been saved, while 11 bodies have been recovered. The Djiboutian authorities are currently conducting search and rescue operations in their ongoing efforts to find more survivors.

Unfortunately, this perilous journey across the Gulf of Aden from Djibouti’s shores has been regularly plagued by accidents. In fact, every year, over 200,000 migrants risk their lives undertaking this hazardous voyage. Recent data from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) indicates an increase in deaths along this route, both at sea and on land. According to the IOM’s Missing Migrants Project, a disturbing total of 417 individuals have lost their lives while migrating through Djibouti since 2014. Despite the evident dangers, the number of Ethiopian migrants arriving in Djibouti, whether from the Arabian peninsula or from Ethiopia itself, continues to rise.

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Expressing her condolences and acknowledging the immense challenges faced by both migrants and host communities along this treacherous route, Tanja Pacifico, the IOM Chief of Mission in Djibouti, remarked, “This tragic incident serves as a stark reminder of the hardships endured by those undertaking these journeys. IOM remains committed to working closely with the Djiboutian authorities and donors to provide assistance to those affected and to support the local authorities in their efforts.”

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