Almost 10,000 Somali refugees evacuated after VOA report

After VOA’s Somali Service reported that thousands of Somalis were desperately stranded in Yemen, a Somali businessman and ship owner called the service, offering help. He said he had heard on VOA how severe the conditions were for Somalis in Yemen, and he his ship to evacuate close to 10,000, between June and July of 2015.

Somalia’s civil war began in 1991, and many Somalis escaping the violence fled to Yemen. Twenty years later, Yemen became engulfed in its own conflict, leaving the resettled Somalis trying to figure out how to return home.