100 People Feared Drowned In Gulf Of Aden; Smuggling Boat Left Somalia, U.N. Says
My people are very interesting to me.
The thought of the White slave traders from 300 years ago throwing Black Africans over board to their deaths in the Atlantic Ocean is enough to generate anger in the souls of many today. This anger is a sign of their connectedness with their ANCESTORS FROM AFRICA.
Such outrage, when used in its proper context - Reparations - proves to be an effective intimidation tactic depending on those who are listening in.
Today the reports of ongoing Slavery in Africa or Haiti is glossed over with a whimper. As is the case with "Black on Black" crime in America - the fact that the antagonist does not fit the mold that can arouse united action means that "these Negroes got themselves killed by the hands of the wrong person".
This morning I watched the "Africa Today" on "The Africa Channel". They focused upon the crisis going on in Somalia. The open street fighting there between various factions has caused many Somalians to fleet their country to Yemen - across the Gulf Of Aden.
Many of these refugees seek passage with smugglers and coyotes. Recently many people have been forced to jump overboard and to their death in the sea as the smugglers seek to avoid capture by the authorities patrolling the territorial waters.
The waters off the Horn of Africa and Yemen have become some of the most lawless in the world, plagued by Somali piracy — notably the recent hijacking of a Ukrainian vessel with a cargo of heavy weapons. The area is also a busy crossing-point for migrants fleeing to Yemen from the Horn of Africa, particularly from Somalia, where ongoing violence has killed thousands of civilians.
Later, when their vessel was about 3 miles (5 kilometers) off shore, the smugglers forced all but 12 of the migrants overboard, Redmond said. The 12 were put in a smaller boat while the rest tried to swim to shore, he said. Only 47 are made it and alerted authorities, he said.
In a sign of how frequent such drownings are, he cautioned that it was not certain whether all the 30 came from the boat, since bodies often float in on the Shabwa shores. During the first half September, some 165 bodies were found on the shore and buried, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.
Reports of abuse by smugglers are common in the heavy traffic of migrants across the sea to Yemen. Often, migrants are attacked during the journey by smugglers and thrown overboard into shark-infested waters.