Yemen’s Other Crisis: Surging Refugee Flows And Human Trafficking (HBO)

Saleh Saeed Nasser has been patrolling Yemen’s coastline for 15 years. For most of his career, he’s seen migrants arrive on the pristine shores of Shabwa province from the Horn of Africa.

But in recent years, as his country’s three-year civil war has brought on terrorism and the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, something counterintuitive has started happening: More migrants from Africa are rushing to shore and overwhelming the coastline he patrols as a member of the country’s Coast Guard. More than 87,000 migrants arrived last year alone.

Now, Saleh says he needs 2,000 men to properly police this stretch of Yemen’s vast coastline. He only has 185.

“The government is busy with bigger issues — resources are scarce,” he said.

Yemen is locked in the middle of a conflict — proxy battle between Iranian-backed Houthis and a Saudi-backed coalition— that has thrown 20 million people into a sprawling humanitarian crisis. Nearly 10,000 people have been killed and 53,000 more wounded in the conflict, according to the United Nations, though many believe the figures are much higher.

Despite this grim reality, African migrants are fleeing crises at home in search of employment and opportunity in Saudi Arabia, and are hoping to pass through Yemen’s war zone to get there. VICE News witnessed hundreds of migrants starting their long walk from the shores of Bi’r Ali in south-east Yemen to the Saudi border.

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China in Africa: PLA’s first live fire drills at overseas base in Djibouti

Chinese servicemen have held their first military drills at China’s first overseas base in the Horn of Africa in Djibouti.
Less than two months after officially inaugurating their first foreign naval military base abroad in Djibouti, the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLA) held live-fire drills for the first time on Friday, Chinese media reported Monday.

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Terrorism & piracy on the rise in Horn of Africa despite growing foreign military presence

Turkey is going to build their largest military base in Somalia. The problem is, military camps of China, US, Japan, France and UAE are already present there. They say their aim is to fight growing terrorism and piracy – but it seems things are getting even worse.

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VICE News Daily: Yemeni Refugees Flee to Somalia

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Yemeni refugees seek safety in Somalia, tuberculosis is running rampant in Eastern Ukraine, more than 15 corpses were stolen from their graves in Peru, and Australia is developing a new shark repellent.

SOMALIA
Yemeni Refugees Flee Fighting
Thousands more are expected to seek safety in the Horn of Africa.

UKRAINE
Tuberculosis Spreads in Prison Hospitals
At least 170 inmates have developed drug resistant TB as prisons are cut off by fighting.

PERU
Corpses Stolen From Graves
More than 15 corpses were taken from their coffins in Lambayeque province.

AUSTRALIA
Seals Provide Clues To Prevent Shark Attacks
Scientists are studying whether sharks mistake their prey for surfers.

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