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IN SPITE OF PROBLEMS, YEMEN IS HOME TO ALMOST TWO MILLION REFUGEES

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The Yemeni Migration, Nationality and Passport authority revealed that there are over 1.8 million refugees living in Yemen (based on 2009 data), most of whom are coming from the Horn of Africa. In 2009 alone, 165 new refugees were registered, with a clear prevalence of men, most of whom coming from Somalia, followed by Ethiopia, Eritrea and Iraq. Despite the difficulties of a developing country with serious security problems, Yemen is one of the main destinations for refugees from the Horn of Africa who every year try to cross the Gulf of Aden to flee from wars, violence, hunger and poverty. Because of its internal problems, however, Yemen must also confront a humanitarian emergency in the north, in the province of Sa'ada, where there is an armed conflict between the army and the Houthi rebels (al-Hauthiun). The latter, suggests the local press, have indicated a willingness to sign an accord with the government in exchange of an immediate ceasefire. Western sources are worried that Yemen - whose government is backed by western countries - has become the operational base for some terrorist groups whose threats have led to the temporary shutdown of the American and British embassies. Today, France also announced that it is shutting its embassy in Sana'a.[AB]