Somalia and Yemen discuss on Refugees situation

Published: November 25, 2014

DSC_0112Somali Foreign Minister Abdirahman Duale Beileh has hold talks with his Yemeni counterpart Abdullah Mohamed Al-Sayadi in the Arabian Peninsula nation capital, Sana’a.

The meeting focused on the situation of refugees in Yemen and the humanitarian conditions they face in their asylum journey and places of their residence in Yemen.

Foreign Minister of Somali Federal government thanked the government of Yemen for assisting the refugees, who had escaped the civil war from their country and took a risk to cross the sea.

Last month, Somali refugees in Yemen appealed to be repatriated back to their motherland, as violence in the Arab Peninsula nation worsened.

Somalia has been torn asunder by factional fighting since 1991 but has recently made progress towards stability. The conflict has left some 1.1 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) and over 1 million more living in exile in neighbouring countries, mostly in Kenya, Ethiopia and Yemen.

With parts of Somalia showing signs of increasing stability, countries hosting Somali refugees are considering the potential to encourage them to return, while some Somalis have spontaneously decided to move back to areas under Government control.

Every year tens of thousands of Somalis risk their lives crossing the Gulf of Aden to reach Yemen in their search for safety and a better life. Many die atrocious deaths – beaten, thrown overboard, eaten by sharks, drowned or asphyxiated in the hold of crowded smuggler boats.

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