Mozambique deports 34 Ethiopians

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Mozambique has deported 34 Ethiopians, who sneaked into the country through a porous border in the northern province of Cabo Delgado.

APA reported on Sunday that the deportation was coordinated by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

The 34 Ethiopian citizens were detained in the city of Pemba.

IOM said in a statement on Sunday that the Ethiopians began the five-month journey from the southern region of Awasa, Ethiopia.

It reported that the deportees crossed Kenya and Tanzania by foot, boat, mini-bus or hid themselves in trucks.

They illegally entered Mozambique through the border between the province of Cabo Delgado, in the far north of the country, with Tanzania before they ran out of luck when the open-wheel vehicle, collided with another, resulting in the deaths of seven migrants.

“When the hospital administration called us to help, the migrants were in terrible condition, many for weeks had not eaten properly, they were scared, wounded and desperate,” the IOM statement.

Shortly after the accident, IOM Mozambique was requested by the National Migration Service (SENAMI) to help the migrants, some of whom were admitted to the Central Hospital in Pemba.

The rest were taken to the detention center of the city while others were accommodated in an abandoned building on the hospital premises due to lack of migrant housing facilities.

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