64 migrants found dead in container in Mozambique

ShIpping containers being unloaded. AFP

Migrants thought to be headed for South Africa

More than 60 suspected undocumented migrants from Ethiopia were found dead on Tuesday in a cargo container in Mozambique’s northwest Tete province.

‘A truck transporting illegal immigrants from Malawi, suspected to be Ethiopians, was stopped at the Mussacana weight bridge in Tete, and 64 people were found dead. Only 14 survived,’ said an official.

‘The cause of death is presumed to be asphyxiation.’

The victims were discovered in a blue cargo container loaded on to a haulage truck.

Mozambique is generally seen as a smuggling corridor for migrants seeking to make their way to South Africa.

South Africa  – the continent’s most industrialised country –  is a magnet for poor migrants not only from neighbouring countries such as Lesotho and Zimbabwe, but even nations further afield, such as as Ethiopia.

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