6,000 Ethiopian migrants stranded in Yemen

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A group of displaced people in Yemen

About 6,000 Ethiopian migrants, many of them women and children, have been stranded in Yemen for several months in desperate conditions, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

IOM says the vulnerable people are amongst nearly 18,300 Ethiopian migrants registered in the northern town of Haradh on the border with Saudi Arabia.

IOM spokesperson Jemini Pandya, says they need money to support the migrants.

"IOM has made an urgent appeal to donors for $2.6 million which would allow it to help 6,000 Ethiopians, many of them unaccompanied minors and women currently in a horrific situation. Some of the things that women, for example experience, they are often kept against their will by smugglers in their homes and we know of many instances of sexual assaults on these women."

Yemen has faced political turmoil as people demanded the resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

He recently signed an agreement to hand over power to his deputy.

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