The UN refugee agency reported on Sept. 9 that the smuggling of people from the Horn of Africa to Yemen across the Gulf of Aden was much higher than usual in August, when there is normally a lull due to rougher weather in the treacherous passage. UNHCR spokesman Ron Redmond told journalists in Geneva that 59 boats brought more than 1,700 desperate people to the coast of Yemen last month. “That’s triple the number of arrivals for August 2007, when 633 people landed in 10 boats,” he said, adding: “Smuggling normally subsides between May and September because of stormy weather.” (IRIN)

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