Abyan Refugees and their Anguish Flee to Aden
August 20, 2011 Leave a comment
My piece on Abyan refugees posted to Mideast Reports
“While many Yemeni citizens continue to participate in large rallys and protests in Sana’a, there is a growing refugee problem about 300 kilometers south in the coastal city of Aden. Over the past two months, more than 80,000 Yemenis have been internally displaced due to fighting between al-Qaeda and the Yemeni army, in the southern province of Abyan.
Islamic militants, also known as “Ansar al-Sharia”, have been gaining control of Zinjibar, the capital of Abyan. With no signs of backing down, the Yemeni Army has retaliated with airstrikes and other military weaponry. Tribes in Abyan have also recently joined the fight to take back their capital. In the meantime, however, residents of Abyan have had no other choice, but to flee to the city of Aden. Abyan refugees are now living in over 60 schools with scarce necessities and a thin line of hope.” Read More