The breakaway region of Somaliland announced on Sunday that it would not accept any more refugees fleeing the war in Yemen Midnimo.com reported Sunday evening on 24 May, 2015.
“We will not be accepting Somali refugees or any other refugees fleeing Yemen,” Mohamed Saed, an official of the Somaliland government, told the Media.
Up to 18,000 refugees have reportedly crossed the Gulf of Aden from war-ravaged Yemen to seek refuge in Djibouti, Somaliland and Somalia’s Puntland region.
According to the International Organization for Migration, at least 2,000 Somali and Yemeni refugees have docked at Berbera, Somaliland’s main port.
“Somaliland is not getting any assistance from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), any other international organization or the international community,” Saed said.
“We can no longer accommodate the refugees,” he insisted.
Somaliland, once a British protectorate, broke away from Somalia in 1991 but has remained unrecognized by the international community.
Unlike Somalia, the region does receive international funding.
Osman Ali, an UNHCR Somalia official, regretted the announcement.
“Somaliland is relatively peaceful and more refugees are expected to arrive in Berbera,” he told local media.
“The decision by Somaliland is regrettable and we hope Hargeysa will reverse its decision,” said Ali.