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19 July 2017


A little girl is helped by IOM staff to board one of the boats in Yemen, headed for Somalia. Photo: UN Migration Agency (IOM) 2017

316 Somalis Arrive Home from Yemen in Past Four Days

Yemen – After nearly a five-month ordeal, 316 Somali migrants have reached Somalia, transported by IOM, the UN Migration Agency, overland through Yemen and across the Arabian Sea.  

In February 2017, a smugglers boat, carrying more than 150 Somalis hoping to reach Europe, headed north up the Red Sea on the western coast of Yemen. The boat had originated in Somalia and had docked once in the South of Yemen. A few kilometers out from Yemen's Al Hudaydah port, the boat was hit, killing 40 persons and severely injuring another 13.  

IOM moved 90 Somali survivors of this boat tragedy, who were fit to travel, from Al Hudaydah to Sana’a, Yemen's capital. They traveled safely overland, bisecting war-torn Yemen. On 12 July 2017, three buses and an ambulance departed Sana’a to bring the Somali migrants to Aden, where IOM teams in Aden were on standby to receive the group. After a night's rest, IOM helped the group board a passenger boat that sailed from the Aden seaport. Crossing the Arabian Sea in 15 hours on 14 July, the group of Somalis – 57 men, 25 women, 5 boys and 3 girls – arrived at the Port of Berbera, Somalia.  

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Migration in the News


  • Al Jazeera’s Inside Story reported that EU foreign ministers are seeking a joint global strategy on refugees and migration as thousands continue to make the perilous journey across the Mediterranean Sea.
     
  • IPS reported that beyond the figures, migrants and refugees live inhumane drama, and are victims of rights abuse.
     
  • The Asahi Shimbun reported that a Japanese firm has provided more than 1,600 pairs of glasses, mostly to children, in Mosul, Iraq since May 2016.
     
  • Bangladesh’s Daily Sun published an editorial about how remittances are crucial to Bangladesh’s development.

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  • The BBC’s Rami Ruhayem spent weeks on a rescue boat with Médecins Sans Frontières and reported the harrowing testimonies of those who survived.
     
  • The Washington Post reported that former US diplomats have urged the US government to keep migration and refugee offices at the State Department.

 

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