A month after her name made headlines in several Middle Eastern media outlets following receiving threats for exposing domestic violence she had suffered at the hands of her former husband, a Yemeni woman went online to reveal that "she has been forcibly deported to Djibouti with her baby."
Please help Hayat , she was kidnapped by Qatar government and Yemeni Embassy in Qatar. They told her they will send her to Jordan , but they lied and now she’s in Djibouti. If she’s sent to— #انقذوا_حياه (@Yierhamu) August 12, 2020
Yemen she’ll be killed. #SaveHayat https://t.co/3Wf0g9WwhJ
Living in Doha for years after getting married to a Qatari man, Hayat appeared in a viral video saying that she's staying in a police station in the capital city of Djibouti, after having been deceived by Qatari officials, who told her she'll be transferred to Jordan; where she has friends who can help take care of her and her baby.
Hayat allegedly found out that her former husband and officials from both the Qatari government and the Yemeni Embassy in Doba were waiting for her in Djibouti–Ambouli International Airport, which makes her think her life is threatened, especially that "any attempts to send her to Yemen will get her killed," according to her video.
Yemeni girl Hayat was deported unwillingly from Qatar to Djibouti where her family, ex-husband’s and Yemeni embassy officials were waiting for her in Djibouti, her life is in danger as well as her kid life.This is a call for international human rights activists please #savehayat— ??? | Omar | عُمر (@Omarino_G6) August 12, 2020
She needs every voice, she needs us to stand with her, we need to make sure that she and her child will be safe and have a better life away from those criminals ( her ex, family and Qatar's government) please stand with us @Refugees#انقذوا_حياة #SaveHayat pic.twitter.com/K2w8r1oP2q— شعاع Shoaa ♊???? (@shoaa_ahm) August 12, 2020
Following Hayat's videos, Twitter users widely shared her calls and demanded that officials do everything they can to help protect Hayat and her baby.
Social media users also accused Qatari officials of exploiting power, threatening peoples' lives and violating women's rights often "celebrated" by the Qatari government, and being pressured by personal connections they might have with Hayat's former spouse.
The Qatari authorities kidnap a Yemeni woman and her young son and deport them to Djibouti, in coordination with the Yemeni embassy there with her family and her ex-husband, who have been threatening to kill her in many occasions #savehayat #قطر_تختطف_حياه#ساعدوا_حياه https://t.co/mPMEAamUQx— Purple ⚜ (@IoViola21) August 12, 2020
#Qatar kidnapped the #Yemeni activist Hayat from her residence in Doha and deported her to #Djibouti on a trip with her ex husband. We wish the Djiboutian authorities to protect her and her child. @UN_Women @hrw @unwomenarabic @UNHCRDjibouti#savehayat— Donia Alshetairy دنيا الشطيري (@DoniaALshetairy) August 12, 2020
Except for Twitter posts by Hayat's personal account, it remains unclear whether Hayat is still taking shelter at the police station in Djibouti or if she was transferred somewhere else.