15 August, 2008

Yemen a real neighbor to Somalia

While our rich and much wealthier neighbors shun Somali refugees and keep them out, Yemen - one of the poorest countries in the world - is one of the very few places that Somali refugees are warmly welcomed, allowed to freely move and work; and have free health care and education.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees says 21,000 people arrived in the first six months of the year - two-thirds of the 2007 total. The highest numbers usually arrive in autumn, when sea conditions are most favourable.........read more from the Financial Times

Sadly, many who try to cross in to Yemen through the sea - die, either at the hands of pirates or the treacherous sea. But the many who manage to reach Yemen, as hard and as difficult as circumstances are here, some how manage to make a living and live a better and a much more peaceful and secure life than the one they left behind in Somalia.