Yusra talks about how she and her sister Sara, left their home in Syria and sought refuge in Germany after crossing the Aegean from Turkey to Greece.
Ma’rib – Last year, a father approached IOM’s office in Ma’rib, carrying his three-year-old son, Ayman*, in his arms. Ayman was sick and malnourished.
The father put his child on a chair in the reception area and said he could no longer care for or afford his son’s treatment.
“It is a humanitarian organization’s job to take care of people in need” said Ayman’s father in despair before leaving the office.
“Please take care of my son.”
Taibah, a displaced woman, describes the difficulties she faces as a displaced person in Ma’rib. Elham Al-Oqabi IOM/2021.
Ma’rib - Taibah lived a decent life with her husband and ten children in her nice house in Al Hodeidah governorate until the fierce clashes took all they had and forced them to flee leave to Raghwan in Ma’rib nearly two years ago.
Ma’rib – Ma’rib is currently providing a home to an estimated 1 million internally displaced Yemenis. Displacement camps in the governorate serve as a safe haven from violence for the majority of those displaced but they can also be a place of danger.
Space in these camps is often severely limited, causing families to erect their makeshift shelters too close together. These cramped shelters, made of scavenged materials, are often installed with overused and faulty electrical networks.
Aden – Like many young Ethiopians, 23-year-old Mohammed has dreamt of traveling to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) to find work and provide a good income to help his family and build a future for himself for years.
Unemployment, economic difficulties, drought and human rights abuses are among the factors that have driven hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians to migrate over the past decade.
Aden – Twenty-one-year-old Ahmed started his journey from his home country of Ethiopia with one goal in mind: to reach the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and find work so he can provide for himself and his family.
He is one of many young Ethiopians who took this journey despite the risks of injury and even death along the way.
“I decided to travel to Saudi after I heard from other Ethiopian men that we can make good money working there,” said Ahmed.
“I did not know that I would lose my health and would not be able work and collect money.”
Ma’rib – “When the rain fell, the rooms in our mud shelter used to melt like chocolate,” recalls Sa’eed, an elderly displaced grandfather living in Ma’rib governorate.
When the 63-year-old man arrived to Husoon Al Hadi displacement site more than four years ago, he built two rooms from mud to provide shelter for his multi-generational family which consisted of 22 people, including his wife, adult children, their spouses and 12 grandchildren.
Aden – Gamal came to Yemen with one goal in mind: to make a better life for himself. What he did not know was how difficult the journey would be. The smugglers had sold him a different story — an easy journey ending in a land of abundant opportunities.
“Every Young Ethiopian man wants to travel to Saudi because the money we can make is worth more than Ethiopian money,” said Gamal, explaining why he left his country two years ago.
Algiers, 22 July 2021– The International Organization for Migration (IOM) facilitated this week the voluntary and safe return of 113 Gambian, Liberian, Sierra Leonian and Senegalese migrants (5 women, 87 men, 1 girl, 20 boys) from Algeria through two special return flights.