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"My children cry out for food day and night"

Posted by on Sep. 7, 2009 at 8:06 AM
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  6 September 2009 (IRIN) - Huda Omar, 30, fled war-torn Somalia by boat in 2006 to Oman, where she spent more than two and a half years before paying traffickers to smuggle her to Yemen.



But in Yemen she is eligible for protection only, and not support, as she has not been allowed to register as a refugee with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Living in the street with her two young daughters, just metres away from UNHCR's office in Sanaa, Huda told IRIN her story.

"No one helps usâEuro¦ I and my two children have no income. I am forced to beg for money from passers-by to feed my children and myself.

"I have been living in this place for three months without any way to clean, or get drinking water. Nobody cares about my suffering.

"In Oman, I fell out of a moving car and then spent five months in one of Oman's public hospitals, where I was cared for and given medicine for free. When I heard about the humanitarian treatment given to Somali refugees by international organizations in Yemen, I decided to come to Yemen. But I have had no mercy, no sympathy and no humanitarianism here.

Huda Ali and her two daughters fled war in Somalia to Oman and then to Yemen, where they live in the street having been denied refugee status (Photo: irin / Adel Yahya)
Huda Ali and her two daughters fled war in Somalia to Oman and then to Yemen, where they live in the street having been denied refugee status


"Because of my disability, I can hardly move without using my crutches. I still need medicine to ease my pain.

"My children cry out for food day and night and I barely sleep at night because of my illness and hunger. My condition is getting worse with time because I don't have good food and medicine.

"The war forced us to desert our home, leave our crops before harvest time, and lose our cattle, which we relied on for our livelihood. I cannot imagine what our farmland looks like these days.

"But it would have been better for me to stay in Somalia - even amid the conflict in which my husband was killed. I regret my decision to flee to Yemen.

"My dream in life is to have a shelter for me and my children, and enough food and clean water. But I don't know if it is possible for me to achieve this dream before I die."


by on Sep. 7, 2009 at 8:06 AM
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mamaof2angles
by on Sep. 7, 2009 at 8:09 AM

Again this has been going on for YEARS its nothing new, and those seeking protection in Yemen have to fight the government red tape like every one else.

IhartU
by Gold Member on Sep. 7, 2009 at 8:12 AM


Quoting mamaof2angles:

Again this has been going on for YEARS its nothing new, and those seeking protection in Yemen have to fight the government red tape like every one else.

What the hell is your problem? Every friggin' post I put up is in the NEWS TODAY! So what if it's been going on for years, it's STILL going on and is considered a 'CURRENT EVENT', so stop fill my posts with this 'going on for years and is nothing new bullshit' and actual add something to the conversation! 

mamaof2angles
by on Sep. 7, 2009 at 8:15 AM

Actually MOST were in the news YESTERDAY like the LA shooting and so forth.  Screw you Look whose talking about actually giving to a conversation. I have been hearing all of this for YEARS and like I said most of these were in the news YESTERDAY.

Quoting IhartU:


Quoting mamaof2angles:

Again this has been going on for YEARS its nothing new, and those seeking protection in Yemen have to fight the government red tape like every one else.

What the hell is your problem? Every friggin' post I put up is in the NEWS TODAY! So what if it's been going on for years, it's STILL going on and is considered a 'CURRENT EVENT', so stop fill my posts with this 'going on for years and is nothing new bullshit' and actual add something to the conversation! 


othermom
by Bronze Member on Sep. 7, 2009 at 9:20 AM

Thats horrible that they have to go through that. That there are so many people out their suffering.

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