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11 Feb 2018 description
report Voice of America

Lisa Schlein

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND — The United Nations migration agency reports that thousands of Ethiopian migrants continue to make the perilous journey to war-torn Yemen in search of better economic opportunities despite the dangerous security conditions.

Despite the ongoing war and general insecurity in Yemen, the country remains a major transit point for thousands of migrants from the Horn of Africa.

19 Oct 2017 description

By International Organization for Migration

Migrants in Yemen Cross into Saudi Arabia, Hoping to be Deported

SANA'A, Yemen, Oct 19 2017 (IOM) - In early October, three Ethiopian boys in Yemen told IOM, the UN Migration Agency, “we miss our family and can no longer stay here.”

14 Aug 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Baher Kamal

ROME, Aug 14 2017 (IPS) - African migrants who arrive on Yemen’s shores –that’s if they are not forced into the sea to drown—risk to fall in the hands of criminal networks who hold them captive for several days to extort money in exchange for their “freedom,” according to UN sources.

During captivity, the migrants are “horribly treated – beaten, starved, sexually violated, chained to the ground” so they are willing to pay, confirmed to IPS Chissey Mueller, from the International Organization for Migration’s Mission in Yemen.

22 May 2015 description

Source: Reuters - Thu, 21 May 2015 19:54 GMT

By Mohammed Ghobari and Sami Aboudi

CAIRO/DUBAI, May 21 (Reuters) - Saudi shells hit an international aid office in Yemen on Thursday killing five Ethiopian refugees, a local official said, while violence across the country put United Nations-led peace talks in doubt.

Read the full article on Reuters - AlertNet

19 Mar 2015 description
report Yemen Times

Published on 18 March 2015 in News

Khalid Al-Karimi (author)

SANA’A, March 17—Security forces in Taiz governorate detained 59 Ethiopian nationals attempting to enter Yemen illegally on Monday, days after another 53 were captured in Mocha district.

The migrants were found in areas between the districts of Mocha and Dubab, according to Anees Al-Shamiri, the manager of the security office in Mocha district. He said the group, 27 of whom were women, have been transferred to Taiz Central Prison pending deportation.

22 Jan 2015 description
report Yemen Times

This is a three-part series about the migrants and refugees who come to Yemen. Part one, published last week, focused on the conditions in countries of origin that lead people to flee their homes. Part two, below, focuses on the risky journey at sea migrants and refugees make. Part three is about the obstacles migrants and refugees face once reaching Yemen and proposed long-term solutions.

Fifteen-year-old Iftu* left Ethiopia after his father was killed because he feared for his life. Hoping for a future without persecution, he headed to Yemen by boat.

15 Jan 2015 description
report Yemen Times

This is a three-part series about the migrants and refugees who come to Yemen. Part one, below, focuses on the conditions in countries of origin that lead people to flee their homes. Part two will focus on the journey migrants and refugees make and its risks and tragedies. Part three is about the obstacles migrants and refugees face upon reaching Yemen and proposed long-term solutions.

Adem* left Ethiopia for Yemen after spending two years in Goba Civil Prison in Addis Ababa. Adem is Oromo-Ethiopian.

11 Jul 2014 description
report Yemen Times

Published on 10 July 2014 in News
Khalid Al-Karimi (author)

SANA’A, July 9—Forty-four Ethiopians who have been held since Monday in Taiz governorate are currently awaiting deportation and are not seeking refugee status.

Coast Guard spokesperson Major Hussein Al-Harazi confirmed the arrest and said the 44 Ethiopians were taken to Mocha Security Department.

23 Apr 2014 description
report Yemen Times

Published on 22 April 2014 in News
Nasser Al-Sakkaf (author)

SANA’A, April 20—Coastguard and military units on Saturday arrested 115 migrants and refugees traveling in two boats. The detained are from Somalia and Ethiopia.

Shuja Mahdi, the operations director of the Coastguard, said the first boat was encountered near Mayyun island with 75 on board, 15 of them Somalis and four of them women.

Patrols of the 17th Infantry Brigade spotted the second boat carrying 23 Somalis and 17 Ethiopians off the Dubab coast, according to the state-run Saba news agency.

27 Feb 2014 description
report Yemen Times

Published on 25 February 2014 in News
Ali Saeed (author)

SANA'A, Feb 24—There has been a massive reduction in the number of African migrants and refugees entering Yemen this past year, according to a Yemeni official.

According to the International Organization for Migration, 107,532 African migrants and refugees entered Yemen in 2012. In 2013, this number fell to about 53,000.

19 Jul 2013 description

By Yalda Hakim BBC News, Yemen

Efta is just 17 but has experienced shocking brutality.

The Ethiopian teenager survived a treacherous boat journey being smuggled across the Red Sea. But on reaching Yemen, she was kidnapped and driven at gunpoint to a mud brick house. She said: "They tortured other girls in front of me. They beat us and they raped us at gunpoint. I was terrified."

She is one of 80,000 Ethiopian migrants who undertake this dangerous journey every year.

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25 Jun 2013 description
report Yemen Times

Published on 24 June 2013 in Report
Samar Qaed (author)

Son said Yemeni medical facilities for sick mother are inadequate, UNHCR takes case into consideration

Shage Mohamed, a 60-year-old woman from Ethiopia, sits in a wheelchair as her son Sultan pushes her forward.

It was because of her son Sultan that Shage came to Yemen. Sultan fled civil conflict in his home country of Ethiopia in the latter half of the nineties.

02 Jan 2013 description
report Inter Press Service

By Rebecca Murray

ADEN, Yemen, Jan 2 2013 (IPS) - Twenty-one-year-old Aisha clings to her two children as she recounts her tale of horror. Growing up in the Somali capital Mogadishu, she fell in love and bore a child out of wedlock four years ago. When her family threatened her life for destroying her ‘honour’, Aisha escaped.

She braved the hazardous journey with smugglers across the Indian Ocean to Yemen, and to what she thought was a better life.

04 Oct 2012 description
report Al Jazeera

Sharp rise in arrivals seen even though many find they are no better off in impoverished nation than they were at home.

Read the story and watch the video on Al Jazeera.

22 Sep 2012 description
report Kuwait News Agency

BRUSSELS, Sept 22 (KUNA) -- A senior UN official is urging the international community, in particular Yemen's neighbours, to increase humanitarian and development aid to the country or risk seeing Yemen fall into chaos and anarchy.

"If Yemen does not get international help it is a new Somalia in the making," Naveed Hussain, UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) Representative in Yemen told the Kuwait news agency, KUNA, in an interview during a visit to Brussels on Friday

02 Aug 2012 description
report Yemen Times

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.

26 Jul 2012 description
report Yemen Times

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.

12 Jul 2012 description
report Yemen Times

“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.

10 Jul 2012 description
report Yemen Times

Published on 7 July 2012 in Report

Ahlam Mohsen (author)

Kirubel Lemma with his 14 month old French-Ethiopian daughter.

With a record number of Ethiopian refugees entering Yemen last year, aid groups scramble to meet the needs of those fleeing war, political persecution, famine and drought. Lost in the statistics are the personal stories of the people who make the arduous journey to Yemen. Kirubel Lemma, 32, left his native Ethiopia in 2001, and he shares his story with the Yemen Times.

From the Beginning

06 Jul 2012 description
report Yemen Times

Amira Nasser (author)

SANA’A, July 4 — The Ministry of Interior reported on its website that 259 refugees arrived in Taiz last week from the Horn of Africa.Two hundred twenty-five refugees arrived at the Dobab Coast; 34 others arrived at Mocha Coast.

Sixty-nine women and seven children were among those who arrived. According to the Interior Ministry website, 197 refugees came from Somalia, and 62 came from Ethiopia.