So near and yet so far: Yemeni refugees stuck in Djibouti
The war in Yemen triggered a little-reported flood of refugees fleeing across the sea to Djibouti, where they try to recreate a normal life. James Jeffrey reports from a remote camp near the desert town of Obock.
I woke to gunfire. Well, I thought it was gunfire – the staccato sound of AK47s. Maybe it was the early risers opening the rickety metal gates in the compound. And then there were the dull thuds – the heavier sounds of mortar shells. Maybe someone was heaving his heavy case down the concrete stairs and on his way to the airport.
Kenya is living in a glass house, why throw stones at refugees?
In Africa, instability has been quite unpredictable, and an open policy to receive the citizens of countries that are in trouble has generally been practised. It is a policy that has served us well, one that needs to be jealously guarded.
Rash Report: Pressure is needed to keep Kenyan refugee camp open
Monday’s World Refugee Day will refocus attention on the plight of those forced from their homes because of conflicts afflicting multiple continents. These refugees are part of an even greater global migration — the subject of this month’s Global Minnesota Great Decisions dialogue (and the topic at an October Global Minnesota conference) — that has resulted in displacement levels not seen since World War II.