BY CASEY L. COOMBS – 05/04/2015
“You will not be traveling tomorrow.”
That was the last message I received, a week ago, from the International Organization of Migration, which is supposed to be helping Americans get out of Yemen.
I was scheduled to leave Sanaa the following day, but I had my doubts. There have been many times I was supposed to leave Yemen: two days ago, a week ago, two weeks ago, and so on. It never happens.
Like the hundreds — and possibly thousands — of other American citizens stuck in Yemen, I’ve been trying to leave since the Saudi-led air campaign started last month, compounding an already chaotic situation that resulted from the collapse of Yemen’s government in January.
Initially, I bought a ticket on Turkish Airlines, but the flight was canceled amid the continued Saudi air strikes. Then Sanaa’s international airport was bombed, and it became clear commercial flights wouldn’t be resuming anytime soon.
Photo of a Felix Airways plane, a domestic airline, destroyed by Saudi-led airstrikes, at the Sanaa International airport, in Yemen, Wednesday, April 29, 2015. (Hani Mohammed/AP)