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Ethiopians head home after Yemen migrant life becomes untenable
Published in Ahram Online on 14 - 04 - 2021

When Ethiopian migrant Jamal Hussein boarded a U.N.-run repatriation flight out of Yemen, he ended a journey through the war-torn country that he had hoped would take him to a better life in wealthy Saudi Arabia.
Many more migrants are also calling it quits, reversing a longstanding and often perilous flow out of the Horn of Africa by sea and then north through Yemen into Gulf states for work.
Their hopes for better prospects have been thwarted by coronavirus restrictions and the security conditions, leaving them stranded in a country where millions already live on the brink of famine.
Dozens have drowned in recent weeks after boats run by people smugglers capsized heading back to the Horn of Africa. The U.N. migration agency IOM estimates more than 11,000 migrants have returned by boat in the past year.
Now it is running flights so the migrants can return safely.
"I wanted to go to Saudi to work so I came to Yemen. That's when I found out there was a war in Yemen, I had not known," Hussein said before Tuesday's flight home.
He used to work in fields growing the stimulant qat in Ethiopia's Oromia region before risking everything to migrate less than a year ago.
After reaching the capital Sanaa in the north, which is under control of the Houthi movement, he said he was detained with other migrants in a holding facility. Last month, he survived a fire in the centre that killed dozens.
With COVID-19 and security restrictions blocking routes into Gulf states, thousands of migrants, facing increased stigma due to the pandemic, have been detained and forcibly transferred back to south Yemen, where the internationally recognised government is based.
After the fire, the Houthis transferred Hussein and others to a desert area, he said, from where he made his way to Aden and found help from the IOM.
It said an initial group of 1,100 Ethiopians had been approved for "Voluntary Humanitarian Return", with Tuesday's flight the second to be operated to take people home.
Thousands of others are waiting for their nationality to be verified and travel documents to be provided, it said.
More than 32,000 migrants, mainly Ethiopians, remain stranded across Yemen in dire circumstances, the agency said.
Yemen has been mired in violence since a Saudi-led coalition intervened against the Houthis in 2015, with 80% of Yemen's population needing aid.

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