At least 56 Africans have died violently, some reportedly beaten or doused with acid by smugglers, as the new season of people smuggling gathers steam across the Gulf of Aden in a perilous exodus that takes tens of thousands of Somalis and Ethiopians to Yemen every year, the UNHCR reported Sept. 14. In the previous 10 days UNHCR recorded the arrival of 12 boats carrying 925 Somalis, Ethiopians and others. Another smuggler’s boat apparently failed to reach Yemen after encountering problems in Somalia’s Puntland region. The trafficking regularly resumes in September after the summer’s storms subside. (UN News)

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