Many do not survive the extremely perilous journey, while those who do are met with the most tepid of welcomes.
With no official refugee camps in the country and hotels charging exorbitant rates, the majority return.
This broke my heart, because I didn’t have the guts to tell them the simple, blunt truth: that beyond its borders, very few people care about Yemen.
Despite horrific human rights abuses, including war crimes committed by all parties to the conflict, being documented for months, this war has not captured the attention of the Western public at anywhere near the level Syria has. A Saudi-led coalition has been bombing the country on a daily basis for nearly a year.
Twenty of Yemen’s 22 governorates are precariously poised on the verge of devastating famine.