UNITED NATIONS: Ethiopians & Somalis flooding into Yemen despite conflict

20 Jan

Editor’s Note:

Following the collapse of the Siad Barre regime in January 1991, Somalia did not have any government for over twenty years. Only late in 2012 was a government established in that country, whose dominion does not extend into the entire territory Siad Barre had left.

For that matter, exposed to the destructions caused by Al-Shabaab, the clan divisions and spirit of the warlords that still bleed Somalia, the country has not found its normalcy inside within its injured territorial integrity. Therefore, Somalis flee their country by all means and in any direction and at any time.

In addition, Dadaab has become the largest refugee ‘town’ in the world, comprised of about 600,000 Somalis in a desert 100km from Kenya-Somalia border.

Whatever is happening to Ethiopians to force them to become refugees across the planet? Why is it little is being said about Ethiopian refugees or the causes for their flights?

The very inquisitive international community, including the European Union (EU) and the United States – giving primacy to their national interests – treat Ethiopians as if they are a different category of human beings, whose fate under the cruelty and TPLF’s robber barons and their evil acts, including their temerity of selling the country’s lands to the highest bidder, their deserved mistreatment and humiliation!

Incidentally, that is how the road to today’s Somalia began, if one carefully observes. Unlike the TPLF, at least, Maj General Siad Barre lived to grow and increase Somalia’s territories, with five stars on Somalia’s flags indicating the territories he had aimed to acquire from Ethiopia and Kenya by any means!

The TPLF mafia team has assured the Sudan’s ICC-indictee president 1,600sqkm Ethiopian territory as a return of favor for the years Omar Al-Bashir had served as host to Tigrayan mafiosis ‘liberation’ aspiration!

What citizen would not feel the sting of such crime and mistreatment that gives away national territory at will to ensure none of the ten fighting groups in Ethiopia find a staging ground in Sudan for operation against the mafia in Addis Abeba?

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by AFP via Times Live

The country, Yemen. Image by: Google Maps
The country, Yemen. Image by: Google Maps

“Clearly it’s extremely dangerous, both for the journey and for what they meet inside Yemen,” UN refugee agency spokesman Adrian Edwards told AFP.

His warning came less than two weeks after 36 people drowned trying to reach Yemen on January 8.

Ninety-five people meanwhile were reported drowned trying to make the journey last year, making it the second deadliest year recorded to date on that route, Edwards said.

The high death toll reflects the large numbers still trying to reach Yemen, even as the country has collapsed into a brutal civil war.

According to the latest UNHCR data, 92,446 people arrived in Yemen by boat last year – a full two-thirds of them since the conflict in the country escalated dramatically in March.

That marks one of the highest annual totals in more than a decade, UNHCR said.

Nearly 90 percent of the arrivals, 82,268, were from Ethiopia, while the remainder were Somalis, it added.

Edwards described the figures as “disturbing”, lamenting that “people still seem to be uninformed about the severity of the situation in Yemen.”

Some 6,000 people – around half of them civilians – have been killed in Yemen since conflict there escalated last March with the start of a Saudi-led bombing campaign against rebels, according to UN numbers.

More than 2.5 million others have become internally displaced and another 168,000 have fled Yemen since March, the UN said.

Edwards said smugglers were clearly organising the boatloads of people headed to the war-torn country and suggested the information they had and were sharing about the situation on the ground was not completely accurate.

“People continue to arrive despite unprecedented escalated internal conflict in Yemen, and tragically more people continue to lose their lives trying to cross the sea in overcrowded, unseaworthy boats,” Edwards told reporters in Geneva.

In the incident on January 8, 106 people had been on a boat heading for Yemen when it ran into difficulties, Edwards said, quoting information from Somaliland authorities.

There were 70 survivors – all but one of whom was Ethiopian Oromo – and 36 people perished, he said.
Related article:

Ethiopians continue to bolt out of their country. The world does not want to ask what pushes these people in every direction, including to death trap such as Yemen – the sea & the war over there…!


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