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Horn of Africa: Over A Million Migrants Need Aid

ADDIS ABABA – More than a million migrants are in need of assistance in the horn of Africa, said the UN Migration agency on Wednesday.

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has also applied for 84 $million to support the migrants and host communities.

Every year, thousands of migrants leave their countries in the Horn of Africa and move along the Eastern route in search of job opportunities in Gulf countries.

Most have to make the dangerous crossing of the Red Sea via Bossaso in Somalia, and Djibouti’s coastal town of Obock to Yemen and further by land to Gulf states.

At least 89 migrant deaths or disappearances were recorded last year alone. But many more deaths and disappearances go unreported.

“The Eastern Route is an underserved crisis easily forgotten amidst other global crises,” said IOM Director General António Vitorino.

“We must accord the migrants the support and dignity they deserve,” he added.

The appeal for donors was made via Regional Migrant Response Plan for the Horn of Africa and Yemen framework.

“The Plan was conceptualized to address the vast and complex challenges on this route and to do so in a coherent and coordinated manner,” Vitorino added.