Obama Success Story: Yemen Now So Bad Somali Refugees Are Fleeing Back to Homeland

Khaled Batarfi
Al Qaeda leader Khaled Batarfi poses for a photo sitting in the former governor’s palace in Yemen last week.

In September 2014, Obama bragged in his address to the nation that Yemen was a foreign policy success story.

In late March, Houthi rebels took control of the Al Anad airbase in Yemen. Just five days before the attack the base was home to 120 US special forces.

Today things are so bad in Yemen that Somali refugees are fleeing back to their homeland.
The AFP reported:

Somali refugees in Yemen are now coming back to their war-torn home as fighting rages in the Middle East country, officials said Saturday.

A boat carrying 260 Somali refugees, many of them women, children and elderly, has become the latest to dock at Somalia’s Bossasso port in the Puntland semi-autonomous region.

“About 420 people have arrived previously and we are also expecting many more,” said Abdulahi Hashi, Puntland’s deputy interior minister.

According to the United Nations’ refugee agency, the flow of refugees fleeing the Horn of Africa for Yemen has gone into reverse now that the Middle East country is engulfed in fighting between supporters of the president and Shiite rebels.

“In the past 10 days, some 900 people have crossed the Gulf Aden to Djibouti, Somalia’s Puntland and Somaliland,” said a statement by UNHCR, adding that those fleeing also included Yemenis.

Horn of Africa refugees accounted for nearly all of the 250,000 refugees registered in Yemen.

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