Tags / Ships
April 21, 2015
Dozens of Yemenis and foreigners are seen in this video, filmed at a seaport in Aden, preparing to travel in small boats to Djibouti or Somalia. According to local sources, around 400 people are fleeing through the port of Aden every day. Most of them travel illegally to east Africa.
The trip to Somalia costs 50 US dollars per person and takes about 16 hours, while it costs 90 dollars per person to reach Djibouti, in a trip that takes about 12 hours by sea.
Various of boats near the dock
Various of Aden port entrance
Various of passengers and militiamen inside the seaport
Wide of travellers waiting in seaport parking lot
Traveling of boat carrying passengers
Various of people embarking on boat hoisting Yemeni and Djiboutian flags
Interview with Yemeni man fleeing to Djibouti
SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Unnamed Yemeni Fleeing Aden
“In the name of God, I am one of the people who have been affected by this war – the aggression by Houthi and his aides, who have bombed our homes. We are unarmed people and now we are homeless. We have become refugees in our homeland.”
“We were forced to flee to Djibouti. We do not want to leave our country, but we do not have homes any more. We are suffering a lot because of the invasion by [Abdul Malik] Houthi, who does not fear God. He has no mercy for women or children. As you can see, many people are fleeing. Their homes have been destroyed. Children have become homeless.”
Refugees fleeing the deadly conflict in Yemen seek refuge in Djibouti, ferried across the the Gulf of Aden by humanitarian workers and local ships. The UNHCR estimates that over 30,000 will end up in their camp in the north of Djibouti alone.
One refugee woman speaks of her journey, and how the current situation in the Middle East has forced her to move with her disabled husband and three children three times: from Aleppo where they all lived - now one of the areas of the fiercest fighting in Syria's civil war - to the Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp outside Damascus - recently under attack both by Assad's forces and Islamic State militants - to Aden, where the ongoing conflict in Yemen once again displaced her family.
Shipyard workers near the Buriganga River in Dhaka face difficult work conditions. According to witnesses, many workers died in accidents related to explosions. The death toll from 2012 to 2014 at ship recycling yards stands at 44, leaving dozens of ship-breaking workers wounded.
Workers break down the rusty, old supertankers, cargo ships and cruisers that are no longer in use to reuse their steel and parts in new ships. There are more than 35 shipyards in Old Dhakas Keraniganj area in the bank of the river Burigonga, where small ships, launches and steamers are built and repaired around the clock.
Ashraful, a 17 year-old worker, has seen several of his colleagues fall victim to explosions, caused by ruptures in gas cylinders. “Our conditions are very bad. Most of us live by eating rice and vegetables. I cannot remember the last time I ate meat.”
About 15,000 people work in extremely dangerous conditions and earn between $4 and $5 as they don't get safety gear from the dock owners and accidents are common. Shipyard workers say make very meager earnings, without proper safety, and surrounded by the smell of asbestos.
Jamal Uddin, 32, has worked in the shipyard since 2012. He is a father of two and lives in his home-district Ranngpur. "I work in this place on a daily basis. There are no days off or holidays, so I can't go visit my family regularly. If I want, I can visit my house once a year for one week but without payment."
Most of the private shipyards use plate-steel, engines, components and machinery from old merchant ships, collected from many ship recycling industries located in Bangladesh. However, frequent accidents and heavy human causalities on inland vessels often raise questions about the quality of ships produced in local shipyards.
A primary school is situated near this yard, and children make their way to their classes using a dangerous path inside the shipyard, some of them using it as a playground, though a dangerous one. Other children, mostly climate refugees from flooded areas of the country, work there collecting scrap metal and used oil to sell in local markets.
Bangladesh is now exporting small and medium-sized ships for the highly competitive European market, building vessels for countries including Denmark, Germany and Finland. Bengali shipbuilding is being compared with giants such as China, Japan and South Korea.
A man watching a Russian military war ship in the besieged harbor bay of Sevastopol, Crimea (Ukraine) on March 6th, 2014.
Historical aspects of Ly Son Island (Paracel Archipelago). It’s from the shores of Ly Son island, situated thirty kilometres from the port of Sa Ky, on the coast of the central province of Quang Ngai, that the Vietnamese fishermen depart for their journey to the Parcel (Hoang Sa) archipelago. A group of islands situated in the South China Sea and disputed among China, Taiwan and Vietnam.
The volcanic island was already used in the seventh century by the Champa kingdom as ship basement for their maritime trade routes. Ten centuries later Nguyen Lords came. The rulers of Dai Viet–the great Viet–settled on the island, transforming it into the operational area of the company Hoang Sa, exclusively for the development of the Paracel Islands. Every year the Nguyen Lords used to recruit seventy sailors from the villages of An and An Vinh Hai. Passed into the annals as the Hoang Sa Flotilla, the brave seamen sailed before the South wind between late February and early March of the lunar calendar.
Facts and missions that for Vietnam and its present authorities represent the historical proof of their sovereignty over the two archipelagos claimed also by Brunei, China, Malaysia, Philippines and Taiwan.