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PHOTO ESSAY: Yemenis Stranded In Djibouti

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| May 27 , 2015 , 14:17 IST
Fleeing the war at home, thousands of Yemenis have made it across the Gulf of Aden to find refuge in Djibouti. A sleepy Horn of Africa nation where the United Nations has set up a staging hub for aid for the conflict-torn Arab country. The UNHCR says a total of 5,000 Yemeni refugees have made it to Djibouti, including 3,000 in the capital, Djibouti city, and 1,000 in Obock, 300 kilometers to the north making it currently the biggest Yemeni refugee population. Here is a photo essay depicting the life of the refugees.   [caption id="attachment_43349" align="aligncenter" width="512"]In this Wednesday, May 20, 2015 photo, Yemeni refugees gesture trying to hitchhike a ride from their camp to the center of Obock city, to the nearest shop, northern Djibouti. The UNHCR says a total of 5,000 Yemeni refugees have made it to Djibouti, including 3,000 in the capital, Djibouti city, and 1,000 in Obock, 300 kilometers (187 miles) to the north making it currently the biggest Yemeni refugee population. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy) In this Wednesday, May 20, 2015 photo, Yemeni refugees gesture trying to hitchhike a ride from their camp to the center of Obock city, to the nearest shop, northern Djibouti. The UNHCR says a total of 5,000 Yemeni refugees have made it to Djibouti, including 3,000 in the capital, Djibouti city, and 1,000 in Obock, 300 kilometers (187 miles) to the north making it currently the biggest Yemeni refugee population. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)[/caption]
    [caption id="attachment_43350" align="aligncenter" width="512"]In this Wednesday, May 20, 2015 photo, a Yemeni refugee walks at an orphanage that has been turned into a center for Yemeni refugees, in Obock, northern Djibouti. The UNHCR says a total of 5,000 Yemeni refugees have made it to Djibouti, including 3,000 in the capital, Djibouti city, and 1,000 in Obock, 300 kilometers (187 miles) to the north making it currently the biggest Yemeni refugee population. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy) In this Wednesday, May 20, 2015 photo, a Yemeni refugee walks at an orphanage that has been turned into a center for Yemeni refugees, in Obock, northern Djibouti. The UNHCR says a total of 5,000 Yemeni refugees have made it to Djibouti, including 3,000 in the capital, Djibouti city, and 1,000 in Obock, 300 kilometers (187 miles) to the north making it currently the biggest Yemeni refugee population. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)[/caption]
    [caption id="attachment_43351" align="aligncenter" width="512"]Yemeni refugees pose for a photo at Markaze refugee camp where Yemeni refugees are stationed, in Obock, northern Djibouti, Tuesday, May 19, 2015. According to UNHCR, at least 1000 Yemeni refugees seeking asylum or with no prior visas have arrived to Obock since the beginning of airstrikes. At least 3000 others have arrived to Djibouti city. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy) Yemeni refugees pose for a photo at Markaze refugee camp where Yemeni refugees are stationed, in Obock, northern Djibouti, Tuesday, May 19, 2015. According to UNHCR, at least 1000 Yemeni refugees seeking asylum or with no prior visas have arrived to Obock since the beginning of airstrikes. At least 3000 others have arrived to Djibouti city. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)[/caption]
    [caption id="attachment_43352" align="aligncenter" width="512"]Ashwaq, 12, rests outside her family's tent, at the Markaze refugee camp in in Obock, northern Djibouti, Tuesday, May 19, 2015. According to UNHCR, at least 1000 Yemeni refugees seeking asylum or with no prior visas have arrived to Obock since the beginning of airstrikes. At least 3000 others have arrived to Djibouti city. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy) Ashwaq, 12, rests outside her family's tent, at the Markaze refugee camp in in Obock, northern Djibouti, Tuesday, May 19, 2015. According to UNHCR, at least 1000 Yemeni refugees seeking asylum or with no prior visas have arrived to Obock since the beginning of airstrikes. At least 3000 others have arrived to Djibouti city. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)[/caption]
    [caption id="attachment_43353" align="aligncenter" width="512"]Yemeni refugee children play football in an under-construction orphanage that has been turned into a transit centre for Yemeni refugees, in Obock, northern Djibouti, Tuesday, May 19, 2015. According to UNHCR, at least 1000 Yemeni refugees seeking asylum or with no prior visas have arrived to Obock since the beginning of airstrikes. At least 3000 others have arrived to Djibouti city. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy) Yemeni refugee children play football in an under-construction orphanage that has been turned into a transit centre for Yemeni refugees, in Obock, northern Djibouti, Tuesday, May 19, 2015. According to UNHCR, at least 1000 Yemeni refugees seeking asylum or with no prior visas have arrived to Obock since the beginning of airstrikes. At least 3000 others have arrived to Djibouti city. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)[/caption]
    [caption id="attachment_43354" align="aligncenter" width="512"]In this Tuesday, May 19, 2015 photo, Ibrahim Mohamed, 80, and the oldest refugee at the center, who is both blind and deaf, adjusts his hat, at an orphanage that has been turned into a center for Yemeni refugees, in Obock, northern Djibouti. Fleeing the war at home, thousands of Yemenis have made it across the Gulf of Aden to find refuge in Djibouti, a sleepy Horn of Africa nation where the United Nations has set up a staging hub for aid for the conflict-torn Arab country. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy) In this Tuesday, May 19, 2015 photo, Ibrahim Mohamed, 80, and the oldest refugee at the center, who is both blind and deaf, adjusts his hat, at an orphanage that has been turned into a center for Yemeni refugees, in Obock, northern Djibouti. Fleeing the war at home, thousands of Yemenis have made it across the Gulf of Aden to find refuge in Djibouti, a sleepy Horn of Africa nation where the United Nations has set up a staging hub for aid for the conflict-torn Arab country. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)[/caption]
    [caption id="attachment_43355" align="aligncenter" width="342"]In this Wednesday, May 20, 2015 photo, Aseya, 3, poses for a photo in her family's room in at an orphanage that has been turned into a center for Yemeni refugees, in Obock, northern Djibouti. Fleeing the war at home, thousands of Yemenis have made it across the Gulf of Aden to find refuge in Djibouti, a sleepy Horn of Africa nation where the United Nations has set up a staging hub for aid for the conflict-torn Arab country. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy) In this Wednesday, May 20, 2015 photo, Aseya, 3, poses for a photo in her family's room in at an orphanage that has been turned into a center for Yemeni refugees, in Obock, northern Djibouti. Fleeing the war at home, thousands of Yemenis have made it across the Gulf of Aden to find refuge in Djibouti, a sleepy Horn of Africa nation where the United Nations has set up a staging hub for aid for the conflict-torn Arab country. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)[/caption]
    [caption id="attachment_43356" align="aligncenter" width="512"]In this Wednesday, May 20, 2015 photo, a Yemeni refugee walks on her way to the Markaze refugee camp where Yemeni refugees are stationed, in Obock, northern Djibouti. Fleeing the war at home, thousands of Yemenis have made it across the Gulf of Aden to find refuge in Djibouti, a sleepy Horn of Africa nation where the United Nations has set up a staging hub for aid for the conflict-torn Arab country. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy) In this Wednesday, May 20, 2015 photo, a Yemeni refugee walks on her way to the Markaze refugee camp where Yemeni refugees are stationed, in Obock, northern Djibouti. Fleeing the war at home, thousands of Yemenis have made it across the Gulf of Aden to find refuge in Djibouti, a sleepy Horn of Africa nation where the United Nations has set up a staging hub for aid for the conflict-torn Arab country. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)[/caption]
    [caption id="attachment_43357" align="aligncenter" width="512"]In this Tuesday, May 19, 2015 photo, Yemeni refugee children pose for a photo inside their family tent at the Markaze refugee camp in Obock, Djibouti. Fleeing the war at home, thousands of Yemenis have made it across the Gulf of Aden to find refuge in Djibouti, a sleepy Horn of Africa nation where the United Nations has set up a staging hub for aid for the conflict-torn Arab country. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy) In this Tuesday, May 19, 2015 photo, Yemeni refugee children pose for a photo inside their family tent at the Markaze refugee camp in Obock, Djibouti. Fleeing the war at home, thousands of Yemenis have made it across the Gulf of Aden to find refuge in Djibouti, a sleepy Horn of Africa nation where the United Nations has set up a staging hub for aid for the conflict-torn Arab country. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)[/caption]
    [caption id="attachment_43358" align="aligncenter" width="512"]In this Wednesday, May 20, 2015 photo, Yemeni refugees chat at the end of the day outside the Markaze refugee camp where Yemeni refugees are stationed, in Obock, northern Djibouti. Many of the refugees arrived with just the few belongings they could carry, mostly on small rickety fishing boats, others on bigger vessels crammed with people, reversing a centuries-old perilous route that has seen countless African migrants take to the seas in the other direction. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy) In this Wednesday, May 20, 2015 photo, Yemeni refugees chat at the end of the day outside the Markaze refugee camp where Yemeni refugees are stationed, in Obock, northern Djibouti. Many of the refugees arrived with just the few belongings they could carry, mostly on small rickety fishing boats, others on bigger vessels crammed with people, reversing a centuries-old perilous route that has seen countless African migrants take to the seas in the other direction. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)[/caption]