60 Ethiopians fleeing Malawi to Mozambique en-route South Africa suffocate to death in cargo truck

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Illegal immigrants from Mozambique to South Africa have been on the rise of late; a situation which has prompted the South African government to come up with a plan of building a wall between the two countries in a bid to stave off the development.

Recently a truck carrying migrants believed to be Ethiopians to Mozambique had 60 of those migrants dead on arrival in Mozambique’s northwestern Tete province.

According to Zitamar News, the truck entered Mozambique from Malawi and was stopped early Tuesday at a checkpoint in Moatize, near the Zambezi River. The authorities ordered the driver to open the truck when they heard bashing noises coming from inside the container, and discovered 14 survivors inside as well as the bodies of 60 dead migrants, who died from a lack of oxygen.

The Mozambican driver later admitted he had been hired to smuggle the migrants from Malawi to Mozambique. The survivors will be screened for the coronavirus and quarantined, health officials told Zitamar.

Mozambique is a transit route for African migrants trying to reach South Africa, one of the continent’s largest economies, according to the International Office on Migration.

So far this year at least 200 illegal migrants, mostly from Ethiopia, Malawi, Egypt and Somalia, have been arrested for attempting to enter Tete province and all indicated that their destination was South Africa, according to Zitamar.

Africh Royale

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