After Dangerous Journey, Ethiopians Dying in Yemeni Detention Camps
May 9, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- After dangerous journey through the sea, Ethiopians are dying in Yemen camps, according to the Middle East Eye. According to the report, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) warns of a crisis building as thousands of Ethiopians are kept in inhumane camps in Yemen.
Thousands of Ethiopians crossed the sea from Djibouti to Yemen in the hope of reaching Saudi Arabia. Now, many of them find stranded in Yemen, detained under inhumane conditions, and some dying from preventable diseases.
Zahrah Mohamed, who is in her 30s, arrived in Lahj province in the middle of April, along with more than 70 Ethiopian refugees, after a journey from her home country to Djibouti and then a four-day sea journey with smugglers to the Yemeni port city of Aden.
“We fled our home for the sake of better life but we found it worse and we do not know what we are going to face in coming months,” she said.
The authorities arrested Zahrah Mohamed with a dozen other refugees between the provinces of Lahj and Taiz while they were walking on foot and imprisoned them in the Public Compound of Taiz’s Al-Shimayateen district.
Yemeni authorities have kept arrested refugees inside sport stadiums, military camps and sometimes in the yard of public institutions under the direct heat of the sun.
On Tuesday, the UN agency called for the release of more than 3,000 migrants, mostly Ethiopians, held in two detention centres in southern Yemen.
The majority of Ethiopians travelling to Yemen belong to the Oromo ethnic group, who are majority Muslim and have long faced persecution and intense poverty in Ethiopia.
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