The ACJ Calls upon the International Organizations to Evacuate Yemenis Stranded in Sudan
  • 08/07/2023

    The American Center for Justice (ACJ) sent a letter to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Organization for Migration, and a number of international and regional organizations and bodies working on refugees and humanitarian issues regarding the conditions of the Yemenis stranded in Sudan. The center called for the provision of the necessary assistance to save their lives and ensure their safety.

    The American Center for Justice (ACJ) conveyed the appeal of dozens of Yemeni families stranded in Sudan since the start of the war. These people were unable to return to Yemen or leave Sudan, which is witnessing war and violence affecting civilians and those safe in their homes, not to mention the gender-based violence the civilians are subjected to. 

    The heads of Yemeni families stranded in Sudan stated that they and their children were suffering from a real catastrophe as the fighting fractions are committing all forms of violations such as killing which is practiced by all means, including firearms, daggers and swords. In addition, women and children are raped on a daily basis in residential neighborhoods.

    The families stated in their appeal that they were unable to flee anywhere, and they could not return to their country, Yemen, because they might face the same fate, demanding that they be evacuated with their children to any safe area. They stated that they were ready to eat tree leaves in a safe place rather than staying in any war- torn country. 

    The families stated in their appeal, "Our children die 100 times a day in fear of what they hear and see.They are dying, and have not found a doctor to treat them, or medicine to ease their pain." They added, "If we cannot send you our pleas again, know that we and our children have been harmed, or that some of our children have remained."  They also stressed on their inability to return to Yemen due to the threats that await them there because of their opinions. 

    The American Center for Justice (ACJ) called on international organizations to deal with the crisis of these stranded families in Sudan in accordance with their duties imposed by international laws and covenants and to evacuate them to a new place of residence that provides them with conditions of safety, dignity and protection from violations. The Yemeni government, in cooperation with the Saudi government, evacuated the majority of Yemenis residing in Sudan, but a number of families and individuals preferred to remain waiting for their transfer to other countries to reside in, given their inability to return to Yemen, due to the risks they believe threaten their lives, freedom and safety upon their return to it.