Every year tens of thousands of Ethiopians begin the perilous 2,000 kilometre trek from their home country to Saudi Arabia, attempting to cross mountains, deserts, the Red Sea and even a war zone.
Some of these migrants describe how they face robbery, extortion and starvation in temperatures of around 50 degrees.
Many die along the way, while others fall short and end up begging on the streets.
BBC Africa Eye brings you the story of some of those who risk it all.
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Directed by Charles Empatz
Executive Producer, BBC – Shabnam Grewal
Producer, BBC – Dickon Le Marchant
Narrator – Zuhura Yunus
Production Manager, BBC – Simon Frost
Production Coordinator, BBC – Sarah Clarke
Film Editors – Gary Beelders, BBC; Ael Dallier Vega
Reversioning Producer, BBC – Anna Payton
Digital Producer, BBC – Suzanne Vanhooymissen
Social Media Producer – Anusha Kumar
Impact Producer, BBC – Alice Muthengi
Online Editor, BBC – Chris Stott
Sound Mixer, BBC – Jez Spencer
Colour Grade – Boyd Nagle
Cameraman – Olivier Jobard
Fixer, Yemen – Adel Al Hassani
Fixer, Djibouti – Ahmed Kamil
Fixer, Ethiopia – Meseret Abiy
Archive – Magneto Presse
Africa Eye Editor – Marc Perkins