The route, across the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea, takes them through Yemen, one of the world’s most dangerous war zones, where airstrikes and mortar shelling have become routine, and a cholera outbreak has affected more than 400,000 people.
But early Wednesday morning, as they were about to reach land, they were thrown into the Arabian Sea by a boatman they had paid to take them across the water, according to the United Nations migration agency.
At least 50 of them drowned.
Their attempted flight to a country consumed by war was a measure of the desperation of thousands of people from the Horn of Africa, where successive droughts have led to acute shortages of food and water and to outbreaks of disease. Thousands have fled, usually paying smugglers to take them to Persian Gulf countries in search of work.
More from SOFREP
Geo Hand’s Guide to Surviving Delta Force Selection and Assessment (Part 5) : Wet Boots, Snow and Pain2
A terrorist network has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize – Syrian White Helmets, for deceptive media3
SOFREP Video Interview with SEAL Team Six Founder Dick Marcinko – Episode 6: Teaching Enlisted SEALs to Fly4
From Hitler to Putin: The Astonishing Downfalls of History’s Most Infamous Autocrats5
Footage of ISIS Ambushing US Special Forces in Niger
Preserving Democracy: The Dangers of Weaponizing the American Legal System
SOFREP Stands With Our Brothers Who Demand Responsibility for ‘Disastrous’ Afghan Departure
Adam Brown: A SEAL’s Life of Courage and Redemption
Complete List: Ticonderoga-class Missile Cruisers To Retire By 2027
Nuclear Close Calls That Nearly Caused World War III