Veteran Somali cleric, Mohamed Aw-Abdalle Ariif has welcomed Gurmad and Gargaar campaign 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.
“We commend Gurmad and Gargaar campaign and the initiatives to help Somalis in Yemen” he said,
He added “Those brotherly Somalis need urgent help, it is upon the public especially those who are economically stable”
The campaign which spearheaded by Radio Goobjoog will run 90 consecutive days.
Now, with Yemen embroiled in fresh internal conflict and cutting humanitarian aid, the UN can only afford to do the bare minimum. Some Somalis want to return home but they don’t have money or vessel to bring them back.
The refugees cannot find their own way out of the country, they will remain trapped indefinitely in Yemen.
Meanwhile, two journalists from Goobjoog News and the crew of a rescue ship chartered by a Somali businessman, Abdi Ali Farah, safely reached the port of Mukalla in Yemen.
The vessel is expected to evacuate Somalis who are stranded in Yemen which has been mired in ferocious fighting between the internationally recognized government and Houthi rebels who have taken control of large swaths of Yemen.
Since 1 April, 6, 789 of Somali refugees returned home by themselves with small boats. They accused the government of “failing’’ to intervene in the situation of the trapped citizens.
Somali government promised to dispatch ships and planes for the evacuation of Somalis caught in Yemen’s conflict.
On 27 April the Director of the Parliament Mohamed Iyow told Goobjoog News that the parliament had 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.