UNHCR estimates that approximately 11,000 people crossed the Gulf of Aden from Somalia to Yemen over the most recent May-July period, the most dangerous time to cross due to weather conditions. This compares with an estimated 4,000 who crossed in the same period in 2008 and 200 in 2007.
“Nearly 300 migrants have died or gone missing this year after being forced overboard far from shore, and more than 1,000 drowned while making the voyage in 2008, the UNHCR says.”
“[Roberta Russo, UNHCR spokeswoman from Somalia] said there were more than 5,000 people wanting to leave for Yemen who were waiting at the northern Somali port of Bossaso for the weather to improve next month.”
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