Over 3,700 Somalis flee to Yemen

Members of an extended family arrive in the Somali town of Galkayo after fleeing their home earlier this year because of drought.

More than 3,700 Somalis have arrived in Yemen on rickety boats across the Gulf of Aden.

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) says this is happening as fewer Somalis are being displaced within their own country.

Flights into Kenya and Ethiopia are also decreasing.

The agency says the arrival of Somalis in Yemen is testament to the refugee's desperation that they have chosen a country which is itself affected by serious unrest.

Adrian Edwards is UNHCR spokesman in Geneva.

"We have seen more than 3,700 Somali refugees reached Yemen's coast so far in August. This is certainly an earlier than normal start to what we would view as a traditional peak season for smugglers' boats to arrive from Bossaso in northern Somalia, and is the highest monthly arrival rate so far this year. People are telling us they fled Somalia because of the unstable security situation, severe drought, high food prices and just simply the lack of opportunities for employment."

According to UNHCR, Yemen hosts the second-largest population of Somali refugees in the region, with nearly 192,000.

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