Segments in this Video

Arrival of Refugees (02:46)


Migrants ride through the desert to Bosaso. They want to cross the sea Yemen. Daniel Grandclément speaks with them about their journey so far. Basso resembles a transit camp. Refugees exchange their money for US currency.

Bosaso, Somalia (02:49)

Bosaso is the main stop for illegal migrants. Approximately 25,000 people survive in cardboard shacks. Climate, hygiene, and sandstorms are constant problems. Few benefit people from the abundance of fish. Aid organizations distribute food.

Choosing Exile (02:15)

Refugees in Bosaso endure a hard life for the chance to leave Somalia. Daniel Grandclément speaks with several refugees about their plans.

Port of Bosaso (02:38)

Migrants look for work at the most important port in Somalia. Every year, millions of cattle cross the guarded gates for transport. Daniel Grandclément finally receives approval to see the docks. He speaks with a local about immigrants.

Seeking an Migrant Smuggler (01:26)

Somalis in Bosaso are armed, the migrants are not. Daniel Grandclément rents a body guard and stays in the city center; he wants to contact a smuggler.

Dangers of Crossing the Sea to Yeomen (04:08)

Daniel Grandclément leans about the dangers migrants face on their sea journey. A woman brings a young boy to the hospital. She found him after he saw his parents killed on a boat. The governor of Bari says he tries to stop migrant smuggling.

Organized Meetings in Refugee Camps (04:00)

A smuggler's boat rests next to a Coast Guard boat. The UN regularly visits Bosaso and tries to encourage Ethiopian migrants to return home; they have recorded 1,700 deaths in one year. Several migrants express their desire to travel to Yemen.

IMO Airlifts Refugees (01:25)

The Internationl Organization for Migration provides money and a plane ride for refugees to return home; they must promise never to return. Russian pilots fly old Russian planes to transport refugees.

First Stages of Leaving Bosaso (02:57)

Daniel Grandclément gives smugglers $400 with a promise of $400 more if he arrives safely in Yemen. Grandclément waits with several refugees for transport; many people chew khat. In the early morning hours, Grandclément boards a boat.

Crossing to Yemen (02:56)

Daniel Grandclément films the extremely crowded transport boat to Yemen; 128 people squeeze into a 10 meter boat. Grandclément is allowed to film three times; he is not allowed to film the crew or the many beatings. Many refugees get sick.

Day One, Packed Like Sardines (02:52)

Daniel Grandclément speaks to a migrant about the conditions aboard the smugglers' boat. He will only say that there is little oxygen; he promises to talk more once they reach Yemen.

Day Two, Lost at Sea (02:03)

Daniel Grandclément films a refugee that is ordered to beat his comrades. The smugglers get lost and Grandclément's GPS gets them back on course. The smugglers are less conciliatory toward Grandclément and water is scarce.

Torture on Board (02:45)

The smugglers are less suspicious of Daniel Grandclément's camera. He films a man smacking refugees with his hands and a belt; we hear a smuggler laughing loudly.

End of the Journey (03:18)

The smugglers brutally force the refugees into the water when they are somewhat near shore. A television team happens to be on the Yemenite shore and films the refugees' arrival. (Graphic language)

Surviving the Crossing to Yemen (03:00)

A television crew records the arrival of refugees on the Yemen shore. They try to talk with one of the men about his journey across the sea; he is very tired and struggles to speak. The journalists speak to a man and give him food and water.

Describing the Journey to Yemen (03:27)

A refugee tells journalists that a French man was on board their boat; he was beaten like the other passengers. The man states that the smugglers threw people into the sea. Another refugee describes what it was like on the boat.

Neither God, Nor Religion on Board (02:25)

Journalists film refugees, including women and children, who survived the ocean journey to Yemen from Somalia. A man's face is badly bruised from a beating. Refugees describe the smugglers and their journey before climbing into a truck.

Epilogue: Africa: A Journey Through Hell (02:46)

Daniel Grandclément is imprisoned illegally entering the country but eventually goes free. He meets some of the refugees in Sana'a. The Somali's are recognized as political refugees but the Ethiopians must continue toward Arabia or hide to prevent being returned to Ethiopia.

Credits: Africa: A Journey Through Hell (00:50)

Credits: Africa: A Journey Through Hell

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Every year, thousands of people fleeing poverty in Ethiopia and Somalia hire smugglers to ferry them across the Gulf of Aden to look for work, but nearly half don’t survive the three-day passage. Journalist Daniel Grandclément boarded a 30-foot boat with 120 refugees and shared their journey through hell—with the understanding that the smugglers would kill him if he pointed the lens in their direction—to learn more about the plight of these migrants. The trip is made without food or water, and with constant beatings by the smugglers, who sometimes simply toss people overboard to drown. The situation is so dire that international aid agencies are camped out on the Somali coast, offering to pay the refugees to go back home. Few take them up on their offer. (51 minutes)

Length: 51 minutes

Item#: BVL51935

ISBN: 978-1-61753-144-6

Copyright date: ©2007

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