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Somalis in Yemen Living in extreme distress

Storyline:National News

Repatriation Committee of Somali Refugees in Yemen has expressed alarm at the deteriorating situation in Yemen, which is affecting vulnerable Somali refugees.

Abdikadir Ali, active member of Repatriation Committee, who gave exclusive interview to Goobjoog News, said that Somalis in Yemen are living in extreme distress and hard condition.
Speaking about voluntary repatriation he said that they have so far registered many families who are willing return home without condition nad confirmed that Somali government has not yet sent to ships to evacuate Somalis in Yemen.

“The situations of the people are hand to mouth living condition, they have neither what to eat or drink and in additional to that the fighting has thoroughly affected their lives” he said..
She called Somali government and its people to help brotherly Somali refugees in Yemen.

Yemen violence

Yemen became home for ferocious fighting between the internationally recognized government and the Houthis, who have taken control of large swaths of Yemen.

The brawl claimed thousands of lives and displaced hundreds of thousands including Yemenis and Somali refugees who escaped the conflict and hardships in their country before civil war eruption in Yemen.

Since 1st April, 2423 of Somali refugees started to return home by themselves with small boats. They accused the government of ‘’failing’’ to intervene the situation of the trapped citizens.

Life went from bad to worse for the Somalis living in Yemen after the federal government revealed that it is supporting the on-going Saudi-led military offensive against the Houthi rebels who are fighting to take over internationally recognized government.

Somali government pledges

Somali government promised to dispatch ships and planes for the evacuation of Somalis caught in Yemen’s conflict.

It was on 27th April when Director of the Parliament Mohamed Iyow told Goobjoog that the parliament has approved to send two ships to evacuate Somalis in Yemen.
While other foreign nationals have been evacuated from the impoverished gulf nation, the federal government has not yet moved to evacuate its citizens despite announcing plans to bring back them home.