3000 Ethiopian migrants stranded in Yemen

A group of forcibly displaced people in north Yemen.

More than 3,000 Ethiopian migrants are stranded on the Yemeni-Saudi Arabia border, in what have been described as extremely difficult conditions.

The International Organization of Migration (IOM) says efforts to evacuate the migrants back to Ethiopia have been hampered by lack of funding and the growing insecurity in Yemen.

Despite having survived the perilous journey across the Gulf of Aden, the migrants are unable to continue with their journey as they are being blocked by the Saudi authorities.

Jean Phillipe Chauzy from IOM says there are over 12,000 migrants in the north-western border betwen the two countries.

"We are providing assistance on a daily basis to the most vulnerable amongst those stranded migrants. We are daily reminded of their needs to be evacuated they come to our offices and say help us to go home. The issue we have is first linked to the insecurity which has been made worse over the past few days because of the events in Sanaa, for instance the road to the airport is cut at the moment, but the main stumbling block is the fact that we have ran out of money. We have evacuated about 5,000 stranded migrants overwhelmingly Ethiopians over the past 10 months so we need at least 2.5 million dollars so that we can resume this operation."

Figures provided by the UN refugee agency UNHCR, indicates that over 45,000 Ethiopian migrants have arrived in Yemen since the beginning of the year.

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