Urgent appeal to seek humanitarian assistance to save lives in Al-kharaz Refugee camp, Yemen

Urgent appeal to seek humanitarian assistance to save lives in Al-kharaz Refugee camp, Yemen

November 27, 2018

Your Excellency OBN TV and Radio workers, we are very pleased to write to you this short note hoping that you are well and happy. Moreover, we pray may (GOD) grant you pleasure and long life may (GOD) protect you wherever you are.

 Your Excellency OBN TV and Radio  

       Director and all staff members

Subject = Oromo children in the Camp are starving because UNHCR has denied monthly ration to distribute for us; the persecution of long time is the cause.

First, Our deepest gratitude for your great importance of human rights all over  the globe and protecting the refugees with all necessary needs including durable solution for people in need. And again, we render thank because of you are the most praise-worthy persons to be the provider of ours, whom we very much hope would survive us rapidly from these inhuman situations of different repressions by the authorities of our asylum country in cooperating with the Ethiopian persecutor of our original country.

Then, we are writing to you this urgent appeal letter to seek your assistance which we very much hope would meet with your favorable response.

Your Excellency,

What has been made against Oromos in particular in Yemen (pursuing, arresting, beating, torture, continuous extortion, sexually abusing exploitations etc. with UNHCR mandates/ abduction or taking hostage on arrival, mistreatments by pulling eyes out, cutting ears, melting plastic substances on their bodies or burning them for procurement etc) is something unprecedented in the world.

The most surprising thing is that the International Communities, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, etc are turning a blind eye or ignoring to such atrocious treatments, which may probably discourage human rights advocacy in the world.

The representatives of the Oromo refugees who made claims against these treatments in Yemen have been chased, threatened, even by gun by the traffickers, smugglers and police since 2004 because of fighting for the rights of the Ethiopian (Oromo) Refugees.

UNHCR in Yemen has been persecuting on us excessively all the last two decades in the refugee camp by denying us our refugee status (International Protection), which is the only way for recognizing us as Ethiopian refugees according to the law   owing to the refugees’ status.

It also used to pressurize us to hide us under the Somali Community by forcing us into be registered as prima-face although the government of Yemen is absolutely negative to recognize us in Yemen claiming that its acceptance for us in Yemen can spoil its relationship with Ethiopia.

So that, we refused this false registration of fear for our security. The prolonged persecutions finally compelled us to claim our rights through the court. The court then decided that our recognitions as refugees in Yemen is only by UNHCR according to the RSD.

But UNHCR is continuing its pressure against us inhumanly up to this day by different abusive policy, treatments, and now by denying us monthly ration about 6 months under such a painful situations.

It is a flagrant abuse what UNHCR has been doing against us in Yemen. It is known the recognitions of refugees is in two ways in Yemen (prima-face and RSD). Non Somali Refugee is conducted by RSD procedure. Hereby, the RSD interview was conducted with us one by one. After two months the interview delegates informed us that 75% was accepted or passed and will be given the recognition letters very soon and that the rest 25% percent will be re-interviewed.

While we were waiting for the result they came to us with another idea that we should be hidden under the Somali Community and registered with the government as prima-face falsely despite the Yemeni government officially, rejected to recognize or accept the Oromo Refugees Yemen.

But UNHCR Yemen office uses to do this against us by dealing with the local authority saying as if we are economic migrant in order to falsify our truthful claim just to fulfill the request from the Ethiopian tyrant into deporting us or denying us recognition, rights relevant to weed us out in Sahara desert.

All over the last two decades we have been denied protection, educational opportunity etc. we have been living under a serious threatening situation as we have been denied the durable solution because of we are Oromo and defenseless While non-Oromo refugees, who have no any protection risk have been given resettlement in third counties just for better life.

Ø  “Why all this endless persecutions by UNHCR, which is mandated for protection of refugees?”

We are petitioning to UNHCR Head Quarter, Amnesty International, Human rights watch and International Community to take this into considerations, we are seeking your assistance in restoring the denied protection and giving us lasting decision to extricate us from this situation as soon as possible.

Finally, we are asking our new government, the heroes-the reformers of the Ethiopian government (Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali, P.M.F.D.R.E and Pir/m/n/Oromiyaa Dr. Lama Magarsa) to stand up for us by lifting from us the restriction, which the former Ethiopian despotic authority in cooperating with Yemen government made against us. Now we have you who can advocate us to save the future of our children as soon as possible.

Thanks, your humanitarian will ever be remained in cells of our hearts.

                                       Yours sincerely,

Ethiopian (Oromo) Refugees in Yemen

27/11/2018

From: Ethiopian (Oromo) Refugees

ADENKharaz Refugee Camp Re of Yemen

To whom it may concern

  Your Excellency OBN TV and Radio  

       Director and all staff members 

Subject = Plight of the Ethiopian (Oromo) Refugees in Yemen

First, Our deepest gratitude for your great importance of human rights all over the globe and protecting the refugees with all necessary needs including durable solution for people in need. And again, we render thank because of you are the most praise-worthy persons to be the provider of ours, whom we very much hope would survive us rapidly from these inhuman situations of different repressions by the authorities of our asylum country in cooperating with the Ethiopian persecutor of our original country.

Then, we are writing to you this urgent appeal letter to seek your assistance which we very much hope would meet with your favorable response.

Your Excellency,

We fled our homeland 20 years ago due to the gross human rights abuse, the ethnic cleansing by the silent murderer of the TPLF authority, which forced thousands of Oromo nation run to the neighboring countries including Yemen to escape the killing. However, coming to Yemen did not mean safe where for us (Oromo) in particular.

We were being treated inhumanly and deprived of all the rights that any refugee must get in a country of asylum such as security, protection, educations, etc as well as durable solution as a result of ethnic prejudice because we are Oromo while non-Oromo refugees, who is allowed and given all entitlement as a refugee in Yemen has been massively given resettlement in third countries just for better change.

We have been discriminated alone more excessively with no respite, deprived of either national or international protection and made to suffer from inhuman treatment (intimidation, arrestment, extortion, beating etc with UNHCR mandates) emanating from the TPLF regime. And we have been deprived of any advocate or defender absolutely all these years.

To claim against ill-treatment or for any right as Oromo can surely result the claimant into life-threatening situation. So that the representative who made claims for the rights on behalf of Oromo refugees have been threatened as if they are criminals because they are Oromo, who are defenseless.

Whenever, we apply UNHCR for protection or solution as other refugees it deters us by “no solution” or procrastination although it gives the solution at the same time for the others openly.

After all this prolonged discrimination and prejudice UNHCR is now again provoking us with repatriation that has affected on our present and futurity. On Oct. 2-3,2018, UNHCR having gathered Aden and Kharaz, female and male refugees and asylum seekers as group discussion in separate then it provoked the female refugees by intimidating them with disqualification of refugee status and harmful aftermath despite our country being not ready yet, to receipt (from outside its refugees, who needs accommodation and life.

Ethiopia now is not a safe place, where refugees can be returned to, as it has been seen clearly that political wrestling is going on, in addition to the internal displaced people as a result of the raid by the negative side.

Oromo refugees in Yemen mostly depends on heavy-works in constructions (carrying stones on shudders up to 3-4-5 floor etc) for little fees, and begging in the streets.

Since the war, everything has been destroyed that the local communities are in need of assistance as the same as us. Our situation now has become worse and more serious of being neglected even under such a horrible situation. The refugees in the camp (Al-Kharaz) has been denied the monthly ration for the last seven consecutive months because there are Oromo while, others have assisted. No assistance has been provided even for vulnerable cases (hand-cups, disability, etc). The inadequate assistance, which has been provided for the local communities, has not been reaching us because Oromo is minority who lacks voice.

Pressures by the deceptive policy of the previous TPLF regime over the last two decades has caused physical and psychological effect on us that we are in need of more supports and assistance as humanitarian.

Therefore, we have been seeking for durable solution into elsewhere save as humanitarian base. On this respect, we are writing to you this appeal letter beseeching to the UNHCR HQ and International Communities to get us rid of this situation taking into account the 20 years of inhuman sufferings.

We are insistent to your immediate response just in bringing for these refugees a favorable and permanent solution in order to revive and recover us from the desperation or demoralizing effects of the prolonged discrimination as soon as possible in accordance with the humanitarian principles as the situation is in need for that.

Thanks, your humanitarian will ever be remained in cells of our hearts.

Yours sincerely,

Ethiopian (Oromo) Refugees in Yemen

1-      Ahmed Mohamed Ali Waday, Al-kharaz Refugee Camp-Yemen, phone no: +967-774198752
2-      Mohamed  Ahmed Ibrahim Siyo, Al-kharaz Refugee Camp-Yemen
3-      Yahya Abdo Bule Lucho, Al-kharaz Refugee Camp-Yemen
4-      Mahamud Mussa Shobe Qurqura, Al-kharaz Refugee Camp-Yemen
5-      Mohamed Osman Umar, Al-kharaz Refugee Camp-Yemen, , phone no: +967-772862748
6-      Jihad Mohamed Aba-Garo, Al-kharaz Refugee Camp-Yemen