Yemen: Africans Cross Into Chaos

AP

 

More than 92,000 people made the perilous sea crossing from the Horn of Africa to Yemen last year, one of the highest annual totals of the past decade, the United Nations refugee agency said Tuesday.

The agency said two-thirds of the people arrived after March, when the conflict in Yemen began. Most were from Ethiopia or Somalia. A spokesman for the agency, Adrian Edwards said that “many new arrivals are misinformed about the severity of the conflict,” even though the agency has warned of the dangers in Yemen.

Mr. Edwards said that 95 people died during the crossings last year and that 36 people had drowned already this year. Along with 2.5 million Yemenis displaced by the conflict, Yemen hosts 266,000 refugees.

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