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How Despair Drives Young Ethiopians to Flee to Yemen

Persecution and hardship in the Oromia region drives tens of thousands of migrants each year to cross the Red Sea from Djibouti, in a bid to reach the Gulf

Deadly journeys: Ethiopians at the IOM transit center in Obock, Djibouti, waiting to return home. People on the road to Obock told the Guardian that friends had perished en route. (Photo: Charlie Rosser)

BY TOM GARDNER | THE GUARDIAN

We met in the desert,” says Badru Mohammed, gesturing at his three companions. The four Ethiopian boys pause for breath and refreshment beside the road, grasping their plastic water bottles tightly as they sip, careful not to waste a drop. The Djiboutian sun is still low in the sky but the road is already hot. They have more than 200km left to walk and their plastic sandals are disintegrating. Continue reading How Despair Drives Young Ethiopians to Flee to Yemen

Yemen Conflict Doesn’t Deter Ethiopian Migrants

Ethiopians continue to look outside of their “double-digit growing” country for better life

Not even the prolonged conflict and insecurity in war-torn Yemen can deter them from their search of better life.

BY LISA SCLEIN | VOA NEWS

The United Nations migration agency reports that thousands of Ethiopian migrants continue to make the perilous journey to war-torn Yemen in search of better economic opportunities despite the dangerous security conditions.

Despite the ongoing war and general insecurity in Yemen, the country remains a major transit point for thousands of migrants from the Horn of Africa. Continue reading Yemen Conflict Doesn’t Deter Ethiopian Migrants

Why Thousands of Ethiopians and Somalis Fleeing to War-torn Yemen

Why were they fleeing to Yemen? Is it because of its proximity and the perception of Yemen as a gateway to other Gulf states and Europe? or is there something else?

BY ELIZA MACKINTOSH | CNN

Refugees and migrants hoping to reach oil-rich Gulf countries — many of them teenagers — are increasingly traversing a dangerous sea route to Yemen, despite the conflict raging there.

The flow of migrants crossing a small sea passage from the Horn of Africa to Yemen, which has continued unabated for years, reached a record of over 117,000 migrants and asylum seekers in 2016 — up from around 100,000 the year before. Continue reading Why Thousands of Ethiopians and Somalis Fleeing to War-torn Yemen

Up to 50 Somali, Ethiopian Migrants Deliberately Drowned off Yemen

More than 111,500 migrants landed on Yemen’s shores last year, up from around 100,000 the year before.

IOM staff assist Somali and Ethiopian migrants who were forced into the sea by smugglers. (Photo: UN MIGRATION AGENCY)

BY IOM

Early this morning (09/08), a human smuggler, in charge of the boat, forced more than 120 Somali and Ethiopian migrants into the pitching sea as they approached the coast of Shabwa, a Yemeni Governorate along the Arabian Sea.

The migrants had been hoping to reach countries in the Gulf via war-torn Yemen. Continue reading Up to 50 Somali, Ethiopian Migrants Deliberately Drowned off Yemen

Shattered Dreams for Ethiopian Migrants Detained in Malawi

By Arthur Chatora | for AFP,

The dreams of hundreds of Ethiopian migrants headed for South Africa are defeated in Malawi as they remain detained in overcrowded prisons waiting for repatriation for immigration offences.

South Africa remains the overwhelming migrant choice for many Africans but the journey to what many believe is the land of opportunity is full of untold challenges and suffering. Continue reading Shattered Dreams for Ethiopian Migrants Detained in Malawi

UNHCR Eritrea Representative Warned of Expulsion

The summoning of UNHCR representation in Asmara for a stern warning signifies a deterioration in relation that might eventually lead to expulsion

By TesfaNews,

THE Eritrean Foreign Ministry summoned UNHCR representative in the country for stern admonition following its routine dissemination of speculative, politically driven reports on Eritrea that are at variance with the true fats.

Asmara routinely accuses the UNHCR for becoming the main catalyst in bolstering illegal migration of the youth from the country.  Continue reading UNHCR Eritrea Representative Warned of Expulsion