When the Saudi-led coalition began it's bombing campaign of Yemen on March 26, 2015, Yemenis inside the country were not the only ones who suffered.
Soon after the war began, most of Yemen's airports were destroyed, leaving tens of thousands of Yemenis stranded abroad. Many had traveled to Egypt or India for medical treatment complex cancers or auto immune diseases that have costly medical bills. Days turned into weeks and months, the war continued, and families, still stranded, were forced to sell their possessions, family gold, and forgo treatment to keep from sleeping on the streets.
The war dragged on, and dozens of countries effectively closed their borders to Yemenis, instating near impossible visa restrictions. Yemenis stuck in Cairo could have returned by boat through Djibouti, but the embassy closed its doors and said to one family "There's no more visas for Yemenis". Egypt sent Yemenis back from their airport, even those who had visas or had Egyptian family.
Those who managed to flee from cities overrun with street-to-street fighting rode packed fishing or livestock boats to Djibouti or Somaliland, the only two countries accepting Yemenis as refugees. Upon arrival, Yemenis found no tents, no toilets, no help from the international community. Those who stayed in the city were extorted at the hotels - one family for $2000 for a single day and room. "You all belong in the marketplace with the animals," said the owner of the hotel to the family, who were all American citizens.
Stripped of their dignity, many Yemenis decided to return to their country.
"It's better to suffer with my family in my own country, or to die in my own bed rather than be humiliated here"