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African migrants reportedly forcibly recruited into Yemen war

African migrants reportedly forcibly recruited into Yemen war

Somali refugees wait on Yemen’s Red Sea coast for transport to Aden. File Photo: UNHCR/R. Nuri
Somali refugees wait on Yemen’s Red Sea coast for transport to Aden. File Photo: UNHCR/R. Nuri

Migrants from Africa are reportedly being forcibly recruited to fight for militias in Yemen; that's according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

Some 92,000 people, most of them Ethiopians and Somalis, arrived in Yemen by boat in 2015 despite the ongoing conflict in the Gulf state.

The agency says that's one of the highest annual totals for crossings in the past decade.

Johannes Van Der Klaauw is based in the Yemeni capital, Sana'a, with UNHCR.

Daniel Dickinson began by asking him why migrants from Somalia and Ethiopia are going there in war time.

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