UNHCR said Feb. 16 that it is encouraged by the first – and so far holding – ceasefire between Government forces and rebels in northern Yemen, where 250,000 civilians have been uprooted since clashes erupted in the country in 2004. International concern has mounted about the situation in Yemen, where Government troops have been fighting Al Houthi rebels in the northwest and extremist groups such as al-Qaida are considered to be active. The country is one of the poorest in its region and also faces a periodic influx of refugees from across the seas in the Horn of Africa. The number of people forced to flee their homes since fighting broke out six years ago in the nation’s north has more than doubled since just last August, and at least 170,000 refugees are currently sheltering in the country. (U.N. News Service)

About the author