Somali refugees at risk as they flee to Yemen

A Somali refugee cooks a meal for her family in Yemen.

Scores of Somalis are embarking on a risky sea journey across the Gulf of Aden to Yemen, according to the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR.

There are currently thought to be 196,000 Somali refugees in Yemen, but the worsening security situation is putting them at risk of human trafficking and abduction.

Andrej Mahecic, spokesman for the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR, says that many Somalis have no idea that Yemen, like their home country, is in conflict.

"Most new arrivals tell UNHCR that they were unaware of the situation in Yemen and the conditions they would be facing. Many left Somalia hoping they could carry on to other Gulf countries or to find work in Yemen. However, the deteriorating security situation has curtailed their movement, and work opportunities for refugees in Yemen are rapidly shrinking. For these reasons some of the refugees are now considering returning to Somalia."

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