ADDIS ABABA, (Xinhua) --
The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) on Tuesday launched an
information campaign in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa
to spread awareness about the dangers of crossing the
Gulf of Aden and Red Sea from the countries of the Horn
of African region to and through war-stricken Yemen.
The campaign dubbed
“Dangerous Crossing” features a music video by prominent
artists from Ethiopia, Somalia, and Egypt, and a video
testimony by victims of the smuggling trade.
The campaign utilizes
all available media tools, social media, radio TV, print
media, billboards and posters, according to the UNHCR.
Mans Nyberg, Campaign
Coordinator, noted that the objective of the campaign is
about informing people about the dangers they may face
when they decide to follow smugglers’ route to and
Mathew Crentsil, UNHCR
Representative in Ethiopia, said that more than 5,000
people cross the Red Sea or Gulf of Aden to Yemen every
The people crossing the
dangerous route face multiple problems, and they are
assisted by smugglers whom the Representative said are
organized and cooperating across borders.