Approximately 2,000 migrants, the majority of Ethiopians en route to the Gulf states to look for jobs, starve as Yemen’s government confines them without access to toilets, blankets or even health facilities.
Football stadium discussed in the Yemeni city of Ade, hundreds of African migrants find themselves in limbo banned from further travel, yet struggling to return home.
The majority of them from Ethiopia, the migrants are dealing with tough conditions after being kept in the stadium in the government bastion, according to the UN’s migration agency.
“The site is not fit to be hosting anyone, not even one person, let alone thousands,” said Olivia Headon, the International Organisation for Migration’s(IOM) Yemen spokesperson.
When many of the 1,789 migrants are gents, they also include 389 boys and 28 girls under the age of 18, Headon said. The youngest is considered to be 11 years old.
Yemen has descended into confusion in the last four years of conflict, with both the Iran-backed Huthi rebels and a rival pro-government military alliance led by Saudi Arabia accused of acts that may amount to war crimes.
However, the country is on an established route for migrants from the Horn of Africa, who typically first travel by land via Djibouti before eventually going through perilous boat journeys across the Gulf of Aden to Yemen.
Mohammed Nour took the well-worn route lately from his local Ethiopia, wishing Yemen could be a temporary stop en route to Saudi Arabia.