Somalia’s semi-autonomous administration of Puntland has said that it is ready to host refugees escaping the violence that erupted in neighbouring Yemen, an official has said.
Puntland’s minister of Ports and Marine Transport Abdullahi Jama Salah told journalists in the port town of Bossaso that the regional administration has established residing camps for the refugees.
‘’ We are not only welcoming back our own citizens, but also ready to host Yemeni and other refugees,’’ he said.
He added that they are in collaboration with the International humanitarian organizations on this issue.
Last week, more than 100 Somali citizens who run away from the conflict arrived in Bossaso by small boats. He said some of them went back to their respective homes, while others were resettled in camps.
For two decades, Somalis fleeing their failed state found in Yemen a safe haven, a place to work, and a gateway to wealthier gulf states. The number of Somalis living in Yemen is thought to be around 500,000.
Published: April 7, 2015