Yemenis in Djibouti, Before and After the Civil War

05 Sep 2018 04:06 0
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Yemen is separated from Djibouti, a tiny country on the Horn of Africa, by a stretch of only 30km of water named the "Gate of Tears". For decades, Djiboutians and Yemenis have fostered a close relationship, with Yemenis building a strong presence and reputation in Djibouti as businessmen and traders. Yet, the start of the Yemeni civil war in 2015 signaled a shift in the relationship between Djiboutians and Yemenis, as Yemenis began crossing the Gate of Tears no longer by choice, but by necessity. Instead of coming to Djibouti for opportunity and business, Yemenis began coming to Djibouti as a refuge from war, marking a departure from their old relationship to Djiboutians as peers, as well as marking a division between Yemenis who came to Djibouti before the war and after the war.

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