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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

25 Jun 2013 description
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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 Aug 2012 description
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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
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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
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“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
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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
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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.

04 Jun 2012 description
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Published on 4 June 2012 in Report

Muaad Al-Maqtari (author)

Around 300 African refugees had set up their camp off the UNHCR premises in 2011 for more than 20 days demanding solutions for their bad conditions impacted by Yemen’s unrest.

Sibli Yhonis, 30, holds her refugee card in Sana'a. But she isn’t happy. She wants to leave for another country.

She sleeps with a group of Ethiopian refugees under a sign for the Ministry of Human Rights. No help is provided to find them a place other than the pavement where they are subjected to police attacks.

17 May 2012 description
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Published on 17 May 2012 in Report

Amira Nasser (author), Amira Nasser (photographer)

Despite the revolution which exploded last year in Yemen with demands for human rights and opportunities, thousands of Yemenis still work in slave-like conditions with little hope of escape.

Surviving in Yemen's harsh economy with limited choices has forced countless Yemenis to take work that affords them little social mobility, and leaves them drowning in debt.

Tight circumstances

17 May 2012 description
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Muaad Al- Maqtari (author)

HODEIDA — Dengue fever has been spreading among the poorest social classes in Hodeida and Harad located on the western coasts of Yemen.

When dengue fever had spread in the Central Prison, it caused dozens of patients. Then, it swept the African refugee camp in Harad of Hajja governorate.

The symptoms of Dengue Fever are sudden fever and severe cramps in the muscles. These symptoms appear within five-eight days after an infected mosquito bite. After four-seven days a rash starts to appear causing itching all over the body.

10 May 2012 description
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By Muaad Al-Maqatari

SANA'A — The Yemeni Interior Ministry has highlighted humanitarian abuses that African refugees undergo at various smuggling points along the Saudi-Yemeni border.

At these border crossings, particularly in Harad city, the African stowaways to Saudi Arabia have become easy prey for human trafficking gangs.

The gangs torture the refugees and make them call their relatives living in Saudi Arabia or in any other country to send them money.

05 Apr 2012 description
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Muaad Al-Maqtari (author)

The Ethiopian refugee Seble Yohanes told the Yemen Times that she is only thirty, but her pale face with wide eyes full of concern makes her looks as if she was 50.

Looking for a safe place to raise her demands, Yohanes went to the Ministry of Human Rights in the Yemeni capital of Sana'a on Saturday. Yohanes, along with other refugees from Ethiopia, decided to sleep on the pavement next to the Ministry.

18 Jun 2011 description
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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.

12 Jan 2011 description
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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.

13 Nov 2010 description
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Yasser Alariqi

For the Yemen Times


SANA'A, Nov. 13 - The International Organization for Migration (IOM) held a training course to help illegal immigrants voluntarily return to their countries and provide them with assistance.

The program on 'Essentials of Migration Management' ran from Nov. 6 to 8 in Sana'a, as part of IOM's Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRAR) project, funded by the Swiss Government.

The aim of AVRAR is to assist the return and reintegration of migrants who are unable or unwilling to remain in Yemen.