IOM evacuates 76 Ethiopians from Yemen
“They were stranded in Aden, southern Yemen, and evacuated through the city’s port,” Sam Al-Malami, the media and communications officer at the IOM’s office in Yemen told Anadolu Agency.
“They will arrive at Djibouti, where they will be received by a team from the organization, before they are transferred to their country,” he said.
He explained that “these are the first batch of Ethiopian immigrants evacuated through the port of Aden, after being evacuated through the port of Hodeidah, west of Yemen.”
These Ethiopians are illegal migrants who arrived in Yemen to escape the deteriorating living conditions in their country, some settle in Yemen, while others take it a stop on the path of illegal immigration to Gulf countries, including Saudi Arabia, Oman and the United Arab Emirates.
The war in Yemen left very poor living and health conditions, which made most of the population in need of humanitarian assistance. It also caused a negative impact on refugees and migrants from the Horn of Africa.
For more than three years, Yemen has been witnessing a war between government forces and Ansar Allah (Houthi) militants, who have been taking control of provinces including Sanaa since 2014.