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Thu - 08 Aug 2019 - 03:33 PM ،،،

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 “I left my country in 2015 after the war, I did so to escape problems, to improve our life and security conditions, but I arrived here, and the Yemenis are living in very hard conditions… I am here without work or aids, I am stuck and cannot afford to go back, and there are many like me,” African immigrant Mohammed al-Zubaidi has said.

As war is the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, African migrants flock in large numbers to Yemen, some drown at sea, and some arrive to suffer the bitterness of displacement.

A report by Rudaw Media Network says the waves of displacement from the Horn of Africa to Yemen are old, but have recently sparked widespread controversy over the possibility of exploiting them in the five-year conflict in Yemen.

Earlier this month, international media sources revealed that the Turkish military base in Mogadishu, Somalia, oversees the smuggling of Africans from Somalia and from several countries in Africa to Yemen.

The sources pointed out that Muslim Brotherhood leaders in Yemen and Turkish officials are dealing with representatives of the International Organization for Migration to smuggle Africans to Yemen legally through the Turkish military base in Somalia.

The Houthi militia began a process of attracting thousands of refugees who arrived in Yemen illegally, in a scheme that reveals a future trend to rely on African mercenaries in order to compensate the severe losses in its rows.

According to local Houthi notes obtained by sources in Sanaa, the militia has allocated a large area of up to 8000 square meters, to establish a refugee camp, which is scheduled to receive 1000 refugees from the Horn of Africa, especially Ethiopia, Somalia and Eritrea.

With the massive influx of refugees from the Horn of Africa into Yemen, and Yemenis refraining from joining the Houthis, after the scandalous Iranian project was exposed, militias began considering African refugees to join their rows.

In addition to using them as “mercenaries” to bolster their dilapidated fighting fronts without having to spend as much money on them as they did with tribal elders, the militias believe they can also take advantage of them by receiving millions of dollars in support from international organizations and rich nations.