JEJU ISLAND, South Korea, Oct. 26 (Yonhap) -- Nearly two years after Esmail Alqublani escaped from a war-ravaged Yemen, his memories of plundering, bombings, kidnappings and slayings by armed rebels in the central city of Ibb are still haunting him.

The 30-year-old former journalist can hardly imagine a return to the scene of the grinding conflict cited as the world's worst humanitarian crisis -- a reason why he has been desperately seeking refugee status in Korea since his arrival on the southern island of Jeju in May.

"Every single thing in my whole life has been asking me to leave (Yemen) to survive, because if I stay there, I will fight (the rebels), be stuck with them or they will kill me," Alqublani said during a recent interview with Yonhap News Agency on Jeju.

"(The rebel group) is what made me escape from my city, from my house, from my life, from everything," he added, expressing deep sadness about his separation from his mother and younger brother still in the Arab country.

Source: Yonhap News Agency