Adoption of the Yemen National Policy on Internal Displacement

By Maram Alabbasi

The Executive Unit for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) held a press conference on Saturday to announce the adoption of a national policy on internal displacement by the Yemeni government.
The national policy aims to address the issue of IDPs who were forced to flee their homes due to conflicts and violence. The policy aims to help them return to their homes and resolve the issues leading to their displacement.
According to the UNHCR, more than 95% of IDPs in Abyan have been returned to their hometowns.
Ahmad Alkohlani, head of the Executive Unit of IDPs, said, “a real humanitarian tragedy happens when people flee to places they have never been; their situation becomes difficult.”
Naveed Husain, UNHCR Representative, also talked about the situation in Yemen and why the Yemeni government is not to take all the responsibility, “Yemen continues to receive many refugees from Horn of Africa countries.”
Representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation attended the press conference and stressed the need for cooperation between government and local and international organizations. Also, Basindwa, representing the Cabinet, welcomed the adoption of a national policy on internal displacement.
Mr. Husain also stated that ” Yemen is the 26th country internationally and the second in the Middle East to adopt such a policy.”

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