43 Ethiopians, Somalis suffocate in truck on smuggling trip in Tanzania; driver dumps bodies
Deputy Home Affairs Minister Pereira Silima on Wednesday said it was sad and unfortunate that so many people died from the illegal smuggling scheme.
Tanzania’s state television said the bodies were thrown off the truck and dumped in the bush after the driver of the truck realized some of the people he was smuggling had perished. Some 70 people in the truck survived and are receiving medical treatment and being questioned by police.
Tanzania lies on a smuggling route Africans use to travel to South Africa, where there are more economic opportunities.
2. La réaction de Barbara E. Harrell-Bond
“...But these people are doubtless refugees, Why don’t you call them refugees - they go to SA not only because of economic opportunities but because there is a refugee system...”
Dr. Barbara E. Harrell-Bond, Director Fahamu Refugee Programme