A well organized meeting on evacuation plans for Somali refugees in Yemen was held in Mogadishu in attendance with Somali Civil Society associations, Somali National Women, traders, official from Goobjoog News.
Today’s meeting was focused on the situation of Somalis in Yemen and formation of an independent Committee assigned to handle issues and the donations for Somalis in Yemen.
The 13 member committee was formed and Sheikh Noor Barud Gurhan was appointed as the chairman,
• Sheikh Yussuf Ali Eynte
• Abdikadir Ga’al Abkow
• Batulo Sheikh Ahmed Gaballe
• Jawahir Baarqab
• Sahra Mahamed Ahmed
• Cabdikariin Gabeyre
• Abdirashiid Il-qeyte
• Abdullaahi Ahmed Shirwa’a
• Shueyb Sheikh Abdiladhiif
• Sheikh Adan Sheikh Elmi
• Sheikh Bashir Ahmed Salad
• Aasho Sha’uur Ugaas
The members are expected to take meeting in Mogadishu to discuss on the stranded refugees in Yemen and how monitor their situations.
The committee will also focus on creation of fundraising accounts so that people to donate and help their brotherly Somalis trapped in Yemen.
Radio Goobjoog has launched a campaign “Gurmad and Gargaar” on 23rd April, which is community self-help events and intended to encourage Somali people to help Somali refugees in Yemen and Kenya and it will run 90 consecutive days.
Yemen became home for ferocious fighting between the internationally recognized government and the Houthis, who have taken control of large swaths of Yemen.
The brawl claimed thousands of lives and displaced hundreds of thousands including Yemenis and Somali refugees who escaped the conflict and hardships in their country before civil war eruption in Yemen.
Since 1st April, 2423 of Somali refugees started to return home by themselves with small boats. They accused the government of ‘’failing’’ to intervene the situation of the trapped citizens.
Life went from bad to worse for the Somalis living in Yemen after the federal government revealed that it is supporting the on-going Saudi-led military offensive against the Houthi rebels who are fighting to take over internationally recognized government.
Samzam Mohmmed who is in Yemen currently told Goobjoog News that Somali immigrants in country live under extreme distress and fear.
she described the life in Yemen as unbearable and she demanded urgent help from Somali federal Government.
Somali government promised to dispatch ships and planes for the evacuation of Somalis caught in Yemen’s conflict.
It was on 27th April when Director of the Parliament Mohamed Iyow told Goobjoog that the parliament has approved to send two ships to evacuate Somalis in Yemen.
While other foreign nationals have been evacuated from the impoverished gulf nation, the federal government has not yet moved to evacuate its citizens despite announcing plans to bring back them home.