Talk about desperate! Fleeing violence at home, Yemeni refugees arrive in Somalia

A Houthi fighter stands guard as he secures the site of a demonstration by fellow Houthis against the Saudi-led air strikes on Yemen, in Sanaa, Yemen, April 1, 2015. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Dozens of Yemeni refugees fleeing the fighting and Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen have arrived in the northern parts of Somalia, local officials and the U.N. said on Tuesday.

Yemen-mapAt least 32 Yemenis arrived by sea in the northern breakaway area of Somaliland and the semiautonomous Puntland region on Saturday, according to the U.N. refugee agency.

Some 12 Yemeni families arrived at Berbera port on the Gulf of Aden after traveling from Yemeni’s third largest city of Taiz, where warplanes had carried out strikes targeting the Houthi rebels, Omar Abokor, the deputy manager of Somaliland’s Berbera port, told reporters on Tuesday.

The arrival of the Yemenis is in stark contrast to the usual flight to Yemen of hundreds of Somalis escaping violence and poverty at home.

Yemen hosts more than 238,000 Somali refugees, according to the U.N. refugee agency…

  • BillyHW

    Man, how bad does Somalia have to be if you’re running to Yemen to escape from it.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      So bad that when:
      The Olsen twins walk into a bar.
      They ask the bartender to make them two asshurts.
      The bartender says ” How do you make an asshurt?”
      The Olsen twins say “well, you have Bob Saget make you a chocolate milkshake that he just made and you wake up 3 hours later laying on your stomach”

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    Why does it look like he’s guarding a gingerbread house?

    • Frau Katze

      Yemeni architecture is quite distinctive.

    • Frau Katze

      It does look like a gingerbread house in this photo, I must admit.