News of over 75 Somalis drowning off the coast of
During such illegal and high risk ventures, where profit is king, fatalities are almost inevitable. Reports from the Yemeni authorities describe yesterday a boat carrying around 250 migrants whose captain, fearful of capture, forced his passengers to jump overboard and swim the final distance to shore. Only 180 Somalis reached the Yemeni beach.
The idea of black Africans being forced overboard by ruthless boat owners is a throwback to the slavery era when sick or “difficult” slaves would be jettisoned during the middle passage from West Africa to the Caribbean, a practice depicted in its brutality in the film Amistad.
It's a tragedy that such practices continue in 2008.
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