By Jason Burke, Africa Correspondent, and Abdalle Ahmed Mumin in Mogadishu
Drownings, disease and abuse fail to deter on route supposed to be safer option from east Africa
When the boat’s engines stopped, the beatings began. The smugglers tried to keep order by hitting the panicking passengers with rifle butts and their fists. It was night, and the Yemeni coast was invisible, though only a few hundred metres away across a choppy sea.
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