Record number of Africans risked lives to travel to Yemen in 2012

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Exhausted new arrivals recover on a beach after crossing the ocean to southern Yemen. Photo: SHS/A.S. Hussein/UNHCR

Last year saw a record number of African refugees and migrants risking their lives crossing the Gulf of Aden into Yemen, according to the UN refugee agency.

The agency reported on Tuesday that 107,500 Africans made the dangerous trip breaking the 2011 record of more than 103,000 people who attempted the journey.

It said 80 per cent of the people who arrived in Yemen were Ethiopians and the rest were Somalis.

UN Radio's Derrick Mbatha discusses this migration of Africans from the Horn of Africa with UNHCR spokesperson in Yemen, Edward Leposky.

Duration: 3'50"

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