Sabahi (Washington, DC)

19 February 2013

Djiboutian Coast Guard Captures 62 Migrants Bound for Yemen

The Djiboutian coast guard apprehended two boats carrying 62 illegal migrants bound for Yemen off the coast of Godoria at the weekend, Djibouti's La Nation reported Monday (February 18th).

Illegal migration has been a problem for the Horn of Africa, with 107,500 people making the dangerous trip across the Gulf of Aden to Yemen in 2012, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

Djibouti is prepared to prevent traffickers from operating in Djiboutian waters, especially following the donation of two patrol boats from the Japanese government, according to coast guard commander Lieutenant Colonel Waiss Omar Bogoreh.

He added that the traffickers' cases are under investigation by the Coast Guard Search Brigade.

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