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Yemenis Fleeing War and Ethiopians Escaping Drought Meet in Djibouti

All roads lead to Djibouti as thousands of Ethiopians flee hunger while Yemenis escaping conflict.

Thousands of Ethiopians trekking through desert heat and war in Yemen for the sake of a low-paid job in Saudi Arabia risk getting stuck in an overcrowded migrant camp in Djibouti.

By Laura Secorun | News Week,

A corpse lies by the side of the road. The man, likely an Ethiopian in his late 20s, is face down under a bush with his arms stretched out in front of him. He is wearing only shorts and a bright yellow tank top marred by dust and blood. No shoes, no money, no ID. Passersby heading to Friday prayer are saddened but not surprised.

The man is assumed to be one of thousands fleeing drought in Ethiopia and heading for Saudi Arabia, where they hope to find work. The journey takes them to Djibouti on foot, then by boat to Yemen, the nearest point on the Arabian Peninsula. From Yemen, the migrants pay smugglers to get them across the border to Saudi Arabia. Continue reading Yemenis Fleeing War and Ethiopians Escaping Drought Meet in Djibouti