Djibouti, with its population of fewer than 900,000, being number 168 on the UN Human Development Index, has welcomed more than 20,000 refugees. If Australia, with its 25 million people and second on the same index, welcomed refugees at the same rate, 625,000 people would be in its care. (Source.)

It’s a long boat ride from Yemen to Djibouti, where temperatures are HOT at around 115 degrees.

May 4, 2015

A local sports center was converted into a temporary shelter for refugees. Markazi Camp was still being built and just starting to take refugees with 70 tents already set up.

August 17, 2015

“We were shocked by the conditions that our people are living in at Obock Camp.”

  • Djibouti won’t move the camp due to Yemen’s reputation for terrorism and Al-Qaeda and wants to protect their own stable reputation. They also host military bases for other countries, such as the US.
  • 2000 Yemenis living here in a desolate location where it’s hot, there are sandstorms, and there is corruption with food distribution.
  • “What kind of president leaves his people to die in Aden?”

July 13, 2016

“They destroyed our homes, schools, and mosques.”

Speaking to Yemeni refugees in Djibouti and discussing the UK’s involvement in the war.

September 20, 2016

The camp, a sprawling expanse of canvas tents provided by the United Nations, is now housing nearly 3,000 Yemeni refugees who have crossed the Mandeb Strait to enter the Horn of Africa country.

Conditions remain primitive despite the UN’s best efforts to make the camp livable. Refugees living here suffer long days of summer heat, hot and dusty winds, and worst of all, an acute shortage of basic supplies, including food and water.

January 28, 2017

Joss Stone with The Adam Group, a band formed by Yemeni refugees to brighten the days of those at Markazi Camp.