50 illegal migrants die in shipwreck in Mozambique
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Last Updated: Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 23:50
Maputo: Mozambican police say 50 illegal Somali migrants and a Tanzanian captain died after a ship sank off the coast of northern Mozambique.

Police spokesman Pedro Cossa today said that the boat full of illegal migrants was travelling to South Africa from Somalia when it sank on Sunday.

Mozambican marines sent the 89 Somali and Ethiopian survivors to a refugee camp which holds about 3,000 illegal migrants.

Cossa says he does not know the cause of the shipwreck. South Africa, one of the continent's biggest economies, has become a popular destination for Africans fleeing economic and political crisis in their homelands.

Hundreds of other migrants also die each year while attempting to cross from the Horn of Africa to the Middle East.


First Published: Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 23:50

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