150 Migrants Flow Through Metema Border A Day
The Guardian has an insight look in to the border town of Metema and its migrant’s activity after the slaughter of 30 Ethiopian migrants in Libya by ISIS. It tries to look at what it would like the flow of migrants through the border.
Metema, with a population of some 100,000 people, is one of a handful of towns across the region that serve as feeders for a booming trade in migrants from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia and Sudan, with many hoping to make their way to Europe. Life has become a cat-and-mouse game: the authorities are cracking down, yet the migrants just keep coming, often risking death.
A checkpoint in Metema, next to the border with Sudan. The town is now a centre of a booming trade in migrants from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia and Sudan. Photograph: Mulugeta Ayene/AP