Sana’a, Yemen: One 18 November, UNHCR’s Representative in Yemen, Naveed Hussain handed over three Toyota Land Cruisers to the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Ali Muthana, Director General of the Bureau for Refugee Affairs Colonel El Ozeir and the Chairman of the Immigration Brigadier General Mohamed Al Ramli.
The vehicles will be deployed in Aden, Mukalla and Sana’a for use the in the Government refugee reception centres and for use in conducting field visits for mobile registration teams and in providing transportation to refugees.
This in-kind donation was part of UNHCR’s on-going support of the Government of Yemen. In 2012 UNHCR has provided over 119 million YER to date in building up the Government’s Bureau of Refugee Affairs capacity to provide protection and assistance to refugees and asylum seekers.
Yemen stands out in the region for its hospitality and hosts over 234,000 refugees. An unprecedented influx of refugee, asylum seekers in migrants has meant that another further 90,000 new arrivals have reached the shores of Yemen this year. Yemen has kept its doors open to people in need of protection and assistance but it cannot burden the responsibility alone. UNHCR has been advocating for greater international support in addressing the humanitarian needs, including those of refugees, and has been working with the Government to improve the lives of refugees and Yemenis alike.
UNHCR has also been the lead international agency responding to protection and shelter needs of Yemenis that have been internally displaced. Over 80,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the south have returned home to Abyan since July and the challenge now is to support the sustainability of return so that the significant achievements to date are not reversed. UNHCR is providing technical assistance to the Government and working with the Executive Unit for Internally Displaced Persons to develop a national policy for addressing and resolving internal displacement throughout the country, while also directly supporting IDPs in their areas of displacement.
“Yemen has given so much despite the economic and security challenges,’ said UNHCR’s Representative Mr. Naveed Hussain, “ and the international community should do everything possible to support the sustainability of IDPs’ return in the south and the efforts throughout the country to resolve internal displacement, ensure protection of refugees and asylum seekers, and address mixed migration in Yemen.”