Migrant Stories

We Want to Go Back Home

Having suffered human rights violations and been robbed of personal items and money, the migrants in Al Hudaydah, who so desperately want to go home, lack the wherewithal to return.

A Sudanese businessman in South Sudan

“After arriving to the UN site, I found out that most of the Sudanese businessmen who fled to here had already managed to flee back home.”

Fartuun: from Somaliland to Libya and Back

The crisis situation in Libya has also allowed human trafficking to flourish, with new actors becoming increasingly involved in the exploitation of migrants.

Leap of Faith: Domestic Workers in Lebanon

“We were scared of the war. Every day they would tell me ‘Tomorrow…tomorrow you’ll go home’ until I got fed up. So I escaped and jumped. I don’t remember how high it was.”

Alma: A Woman to the Rescue

"They would be so pitiful if they were not able to escape…I thought, ‘This was all for my fellow Filipinos’. They were in need of help."

Tajik Doctors Caught in Yemen

“We were not evacuated – we took our destiny into our own hands and made it out ourselves.”

A Somali Entrepreneur in South Sudan

”On 18 December, armed groups started shooting at us and I had to run from the bullets. I couldn’t take anything with me, and, within minutes, our shop was destroyed and looted .”

JW Tripoli Marriott Hotel Staff

“As intense fighting broke out, hotel management quickly realized that they needed to evacuate the few guests who were in the hotel, as well as the staff.”

Honeymooners in Nepal

“We decided to extend our stay mostly because Lukla was in really bad shape. Luckily, when we arrived in Lukla, it was relatively calm and we were able to leave easily.”

Bangladeshi Chefs in Yemen

“We didn’t know that things could get so bad so fast. It took us completely by surprise and we had no time to do anything but get out of there with our lives and eight kilos of luggage each.”