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Into Africa: Yemeni refugees wait out war in heat and dust of Djibouti
Into Africa: Yemeni refugees wait out war in heat and dust of Djibouti

They escaped snipers, aerial bombardment and shelling back home in Yemen, only to end up facing a new and bewildering struggle: Surviving as refugees in a rudimentary camp in Djibouti on a remote coastal stretch where shelter from a punishing sun is scarce and the shrieks of hyenas and jackals echo in the evenings. “It seems we ran away from death just to die slowly here,” said Rasha Abdullah, a 27-year-old from the embattled Yemeni port town of Aden, cradling her barefoot daughter, Nourhan, 2. “In Aden at least we only died once. Here we die 100 times.” These are the Middle East’s newest refugees — thousands of civilians fleeing the civil war that has...

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