Ethiopian migrants face hardships in Yemen

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Ethiopian migrants who are brought by smugglers and traffickers to Yemen are facing harrowing conditions, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

The agency says that thousands of migrants from the Horn of Africa are in smugglers and traffickers camps around the border town of Haradh.

IOM spokesperson Jumbe Omari Jumbe says a delegation of humanitarian agencies, led by the top United Nations official in Yemen visited the border between Yemen and Saudi Arabia on Thursday.

"The visit follows recent raids conducted by Yemeni authorities on smugglers' and traffickers' camps around the border town of Haradh. These resulted in the rescue of 1,987 migrants from traffickers, who extorted money from them and often tortured them if they could not pay." (19")

IOM says that hundreds of migrants, including women and girls are being housed in government facilities in the Yemeni capital, Sana'a, pending their return to Ethiopia.

Gerry Adams, United Nations

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