By Ahmed Abdi -Dear Abdul-Malik Badreddin al-Houthi, the spiritual leader of Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement,
I am writing to you from Sana’a where hundreds of refugees and asylum-seekers from Horn Africa share the same fate with your Yemeni citizenry, in terms of the bombing, the blockade and the man-made famine.
I am asking for you to improve protection for refugees and asylum-seekers caught in the conflict of Yemen and destitute women and children because of lack of food and medication.
Nine refugee women from Somalia and Ethiopian’s Ogaden communities were arrested at a detention center at Tahrir Square on Monday after a violent protest.
The Police tortured some women badly, according to eyewitnesses.
One of the detainees is Zahra Adam, a 22-year-old, who fled from Occupied-Ogaden, under Ethiopia-rule, a nation seeking full independence from the aggressors, like Palestine, Kashmir, and Sub-Saharan Africa.
In a letter she sent to UNHCR two weeks ago which left an answered, she stated that Ethiopia’s Liyuu Police humiliated her in front of the public after six men tortured her and dragged her in the streets of Degahbur, which clearly indicates how you share similarities when the question is fighting against injustice.
The Ethiopian militia took her and put her in custody in Degahbur and beat her inhumanely. She was forced to flee from her home and she ended up in Yemen. She has been suffering from kidney pain and a shortage of breath where the doctors diagnosed her with a kidney stone and Nasal septum deviation when she visited several times to an Agency linked with the UNHCR- she was denied to be referred to a urologist for an X-ray, CT scan or ultrasound scan.
She stays indoors and can no longer work as a maidservant since she feels severe pain in her left kidney. She needs constant care as she became unconscious after this evening’s detention.
Ms. Adam and other refugee women who are in the hands of the IRD-linked forces and have separated from their children deserve your attention and your continued protection from intimidation and death threats.
الَّذِينَ إِن مَّكَّنَّاهُمْ فِي الْأَرْضِ أَقَامُوا الصَّلَاةَ وَآتَوُا الزَّكَاةَ وَأَمَرُوا بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَنَهَوْا عَنِ الْمُنكَرِ ۗ وَلِلَّهِ عَاقِبَةُ الْأُمُورِ
Yemen is the other corner of the Horn Africa and what happens to Yemenis can happen to the communities in the Horn of Africa. Moreover, many African communities fled to Yemen seeking refuge from tyranny after the hospitable people of Yemen-the nation of the faith and wisdom-opened their arms to them- they felt secure under your rule.
As the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen deteriorates due to the blockade and the man-made famine the lives of the refugees very difficult, they requested from the UN-linked NGOs to provide them the humanitarian assistance they needed badly.
Over several weeks, they protested to UNHCR asking for food, proper medical treatment and education for their children. They also want to highlight an alleged fraud involved in NGOs and their community leaders.
We deserve Ansarullah’s support.