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Dozens of Eritrean refugees are scattered across the Al-Safeyah area of Sana’a, a densely populated neighborhood estimated to have the largest number of African refugees in the city. Women sit in groups on threadbare carpets, blankets, or mats in streets corners. They are surrounded by playing children, running, shouting, smiling, and laughing; easily distracting observers from the tragic experiences they went through on their way to and through Yemen.
SANA’A, Aug. 1 — Hundreds of Ethiopians living in Kharaz refugee camp peacefully demonstrated in front of the Administration and Accommodation compound on Monday, demanding repatriation back to Ethiopia, according to the U.N. Refugee Agency, UNHCR. Demonstrators blocked the entrance and exit to the compound, temporarily blocking U.N. staff and their partners from entering or leaving the camp.
African refugees and asylum seekers demonstrated outside the Human Rights Ministry in Hadda on Monday morning, protesting excessive force used by Yemeni security forces to remove them from the country’s immigration prison the previous evening.
According to the former prisoners, security forces forcibly removed them from the prison.
Security forces used tear gas and rubber bullets, the former prisoners said, throwing tear gas canisters into cells to disorient them, before dragging them out and beating them with steel rods.
A year and a half after fleeing Eritrea following the murder of her husband, 26-year-old Fatima made her way to Yemen with her one-year-old son. Surviving the dangerous sea voyage, several months in Al Kharaz refugee camp and the journey from Aden to Sana’a, Fatima was living on the streets before an Ethiopian woman took her in.
It was there, on 45 Street, that her neighbor, a Yemeni man, raped her.
“My son was in the room, crying. That didn’t stop him. I screamed loudly. Someone must have heard me, but no one came.”
“We are not being treated like human beings,” says an Oromo-Ethiopian refugee at a prison on the sprawling grounds of Yemen’s immigration center compound.
The U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR) estimates that 120 Africans are currently held at the center. The prisoners, who keep meticulous notes and ready copies of important documents, report 114 inmates, and provide a breakdown based on gender, age and ethnicity.
Sana’a, July, 5 – One child was killed and five adults were injured from the refugee community in Sana’a as Yemeni security tried to disperse the around 700 of angry Eritrean refugees surrounding the UNHCR premises last Tuesday.
Ali Saeed Published:18-06-2011
SANA’A, June 15 – The six-month long uprisings in Yemen has reverted the lives of many African refuges in the country back to a similar hell that forced them from their home countries. Since the dramatic developments in Yemen began, many have lost their jobs and their lives are now at risk.
The total population of refugees in Yemen who are registered with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) exceeds 200,000. Most have come from Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea because of political conflicts in those countries.
Yemen Times Reporter
SANA'A, Jan. 12 - Various refugee committees in Yemen met during a two-day meeting that ended yesterday to create an overall forum to establish and enhance links.
The meeting was hosted by International Relief and Development (IRD) in Sana'a and included representatives from the Somali, Ethiopian, Eritrean and Iraqi refugee communities from Kharaz Refugee Camp, Aden, Taiz, Mukalla, Hodeida and Sana'a.
They were also joined by a member of Yemen's Palestinian community.
Interviewed by Yasser Al-Ariqi
For the Yemen Times
Could you briefly tell me about IOM in Yemen? When did it start and what are the key areas?
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) was established in 1951. Working closely with governmental, inter-governmental and non-governmental partners, IOM is the principle international organization addressing global migration challenges. In 2010, 127 countries were members of IOM with 17 holding observer status, with an annual programme budget exceeding USD 1 billion.
By: Mahmoud Assamiee
A thousand five hundred prisoners live in Hodeida Central Prison, despite it having being built to house only 350. About 160 were arrested illegally. They complain of a lack of food and water, and share 70 uniforms that they wear in turn when they are transported to court. Prisoners complain of very high temperatures, because part of the prison is built with corrugated iron or without protection from the sun.