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Somalia: Population Movement - Information Bulletin n° 1

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This bulletin is being issued for information only, and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. The Somali Red Crescent Society (SRCS) has immediately responded and will request in the coming days for assistance through International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) international disaster response mechanisms.

The situation

On 26 March 2015, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia led a coalition of ten countries and launched air strikes in Yemen against the Houthi Shiite Rebels and forces loyal to former President Ali Abdalla Saleh. As a result of the conflict, thousands of people including Somalis estimated to be 500,000 in total (including 244,000 registered refugees in Yemen according to UNHCR) have been affected by the crisis. Somalis and Yemenis affected by the crisis started fleeing the country through the ports of Al Mukalla and Mukha in Yemen and on Saturday 28 March 2015, at 10.00 am, the first boat (public business boat) reached the Port of Berbera, Somaliland, with 32 people (19 men, 13 women). The group comprises Yemeni nationals, included elderly men and children. They claimed to flee the recent conflict in Taiz, Yemen. They are Qahdani and Ibb tribes from Mukha, Taiz region.

Somaliland immigration authorities reported that all arrivals had travel documents. They departed from Mukha, Yemen on 27 March and arrived Berbera port in Somaliland on 28 March, 2015.

By 10 April 2015, the total number of arrivals in Somaliland and Puntland had reached 914, these include;

  • 155 Yemen Nationals.

  • 751 Somali Nationals

  • 2 Ethiopian Nationals

  • 6 Djibouti Nationals