Getting to Yemen
The following clip from UNHCR details the perilous journey thousands of Somalis are making every day to get to Yemen and the safety they hope to find there.
This clip was produced in 2007, but since then a new phase of the Somali civil war has started in the country, and so Somali refugees continue to flee to Yemen and beyond. Some make it to the United States and other Western countries, where they shop in some of the same stores as we do and send their children to our schools.
In learning to live with the refugees around us, it is helpful to know what many of them have experienced in trying to find safety. These are just some of the stories coming out of Somalia, a fraction of the experiences of a fraction of our neighbors. But neighbors they are, and it’s good to know how to love them.