The Observers

Persecuted Ethiopian refugees risk their lives to return home from Yemen

Arafat Jibril Barki is a lawyer and president of the Oromo Human Rights Organisation
Arafat Jibril Barki is a lawyer and president of the Oromo Human Rights Organisation © Observers

Refugees from Ethiopia had fled persecution in their own country with hopes of finding work in Saudi Arabia. However, their journey ended in Yemen, where they have got caught up in the civil war. Many of these refugees are members of the Oromo ethnic group, who are threatened by Houthi rebels in north-west Ethiopia. Now, they are making the desperate choice to return.