Henol Yemanay

Migrants forced to swap oppression at home for deadly journey abroad

Henol’s friend Soloman was among the hundreds who lost their lives this week when their boat capsized in the Mediterranean en route to Europe, he tells me.

I ask Henol if he still believes in the legal route. “I can see now that we’ve been forgotten by the world,” he says. “There is no solution here. No solution back home — what can we do? We are living in limbo.”

He tells me he now plans to follow his friend.
Even though he died trying, I ask?
“Yes,” he replies.
“People come to Djibouti and look at someone like me who’s been waiting so long and think there is no hope. It’s better to put ourselves in the hands of God.”
If he had the money, he says, he would too.