Fleeing Toward A War Zone
Tom Gardner and Charlie Rosser
The desperate journeys by African migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe have become well known. Less known are the tens of thousands who cross the Red Sea to the Arabian Peninsula each year. As Tom Gardner and Charlie Rosser report for The Guardian, Ethiopians trek through some of the most inhospitable terrain on earth to reach Djibouti, in hopes then of making the perilous journey to war-ravaged Yemen and eventually on to Saudi Arabia. Many die in the desert or drown at sea. Those who do make it often suffer sexual abuse, abduction, extortion, torture or forced labor by smugglers and criminal networks.