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Migrant Boat Capsizes Off Djibouti, Death Toll Rises To 42

The death toll has risen to 42 after a boat carrying migrants capsized off the Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti early Monday, the International Organization for Migration says.

Sixteen children were among the dead, spokeswoman Yvonne Ndege said. She said 14 people survived.

“The smugglers have not yet been found,” she said.

Olivia Headon, the IOM’s spokeswoman in Yemen, has said the migrants were returning from Yemen because of the dire situation in the Arab world’s poorest country, wrecked by war.

“They were so desperate to leave Yemen they put their lives back into the hands of unscrupulous smugglers,” she said.

However, the COVID-19 pandemic and other challenges have left many facing horrible working conditions and abuse in these countries, with many devising ways to return home.

NEWS/PHOTO SOURCE: AP | Media Agencies

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