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Somali Migration To Aden From The 19th To The 21st Centuries

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The Somali connection with the Yemeni port of Aden is old and owed much to the slave trade. The chapter uses an autobiography of a Somali - Ibrahim Isma’il. He relates that, while still an infant, he "heard of a place called Aden, from whence dates and other good things came; there one could go into a market and help oneself to all dainties; there were many Somali children with whom one could play; and could learn to speak Arabic". Post World War II years, many Somali refugees, escaping their war-torn country have arrived on the shores of Yemen by small craft. Aden was destined to become an important trading and market place with its natural harbour and at its strategic position. In the last years, Somalis left their war-torn country and sought refuge in Aden. What started as a voluntary migration has been transformed into a forced one.

Keywords:Aden; Ibrahim; Somali migration; Yemen



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