Forgotten refugees [Archives:2004/714/Letters to the Editor]

February 23 2004

Elias Alzehary
[email protected]

I am one of the Ethiopian refugees, formerly of the Ethiopian Navy, and one of the former Navy officers who have resided in Yemen for 13 years now.
As refugees, it seems to me that we are forgotten.
Thanks to Yemen's government, we have lived with some very serious problems up to now.
If somebody wants to know, we are living in just terrible conditions.
Some of us are cleaners, some of us are beggars and some of us working very long hours with very little payment just to survive.
The office of the UN's High Commission on Refugees knows everything about us, but has not fulfilled its responsibilities of UNHCR to do something for these forgotten refugees.