Al-Ahed Telegram
Sayyed Nasrallah Slams Silence over Yemen Misery: Daesh’s State Toppled with Albukamal Victory UK Brexit Minister: London Might Not Get a Deal with EU Nigeria Mosque Bombing: 50+ Killed As People Arrive for Morning Prayers Thousands Die Daily in Yemen If Ports Stay Closed Rouhani: Arab League a ’Worn-out’ Body Mugabe in Contact With Ousted Vice President Saudi Arabia Squeezes Detainees as It Tries to Seize Assets UN Urges Saudi Arabia to Allow Urgent Aid Supplies into Yemen The US Is Helping Saudi Arabia Starve Yemeni Civilians to Death LA Ordered at «Full Readiness» at Southern Border to Face «Israeli» Threat #Nigeria Mosque Bombing: At least 50 dead, Scores Injured General #Soleimani congratulates Imam #Khamenei on victory over #Daesh Sayyed #Nasrallah to the #Resistance people: Complete your path and road of major victories, not the latest will be the victory scored in #Albukamal Sayyed #Nasrallah thanks the official #Lebanese stance in the #ArabLeague Sayyed #Nasrallah: We’re still waiting for the return of the PM Saad #Hariri whom to us hasn’t resigned yet Sayyed #Nasrallah: Is it possible that there we witness millions of #Yemenis dying from #Saudi bombing, blockade and #cholera? Everyone is quiet on this, for the most part. Just call on #Saudi Arabia to halt its massacres Sayyed #Nasrallah to #Arab ministers over #Yemen: Do you guys not have religion? Is this #Arab dignity? Do you not have consciences, hearts, brains? Are you humans? Aren’t the #Yemenis Arab? Sayyed #Nasrallah: The main problem for #Saudi_Arabia is that they don’t understand that #Yemenis have brains and are strong and they can produce their own weapons. Sayyed #Nasrallah to #Arab_League ministers: When you don’t interfere in #Lebanon, stability is guaranteed Sayyed #Nasrallah reminds the #Arab minister, particularly the #Bahraini and #Saudi ones that the biggest threat to #Lebanon was and still is “Israel”
Guestbook mailinglist.php arabic site french site spanish site facebook twitter rss page
News Categories » Files » Files » Selected Articles

Decrease Font Size Increase Font Size  Print Page
Killing Yemen Softly
Carolyn Just

You know that feeling when you've forgotten something, but you can't quite remember what it is that you forgot? A reminder for the international community: it's Yemen. For almost three years now, Yemen has been embroiled in a devastating civil war that has resulted in what the United Nations has called, "the largest humanitarian crisis in the world".

Yemeni martyrs


With ongoing conflicts in Syria and Iraq, and a resurgent US presence in Afghanistan, the situation in Yemen has been largely overlooked. But reports from the country are staggering. 17 million Yemenis lack reliable access to food. Roughly 2.9 million are internally displaced. There have been at least 10,000 documented civilian deaths, over 1,000 of them children. To put this into perspective, imagine that every resident in the 4 largest cities in the United States: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston were food insecure. Imagine that the entire state of Kansas was displaced; that the mass shooting in Las Vegas happened 84 times.

Yemen needs help. There is a 1 billion-dollar funding gap in humanitarian aid. Damaged infrastructure and import embargoes on food and fuel, combined with the closure of Sana'a International Airport in Yemen's largest city, has made it almost impossible to receive the help this country needs. The threat of famine, and the spread of cholera, infecting over 600,000 Yemenis, have created a crisis of despair. Recent estimates suggest that every 10 minutes, a child in Yemen dies from preventable causes. To make matters worse both the food shortage, and the current cholera epidemic are said to be man-made.


During the Arab Spring in 2011, uprisings across Yemen pushed then president, Ali Abdullah Saleh out of office, in a transition that handed power to his then vice president, Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi. When Hadi failed to deliver results, the Ansarullah movement made moves to take control. In 2015, the Ansarullah managed to gain control of Sana'a, and forced Hadi to flee, first to the southern city of Aden, then eventually to Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. Fueled by concerns that regional rival and Shia-majority Iran was supporting the Ansarullah movement, Saudi Arabia, along with 8 other predominantly Sunni nations, launched an air campaign in March of 2015. The war (and international armed conflict) has raged ever since.

With military and logistical support from the United States, the Saudi-led coalition has decimated parts of Yemen. Early in the siege, airstrikes bombarded Ansarullah strongholds, like Saada City in the north. In fact, on May 8, 2015 the Saudi-led coalition declared the entire city of Saada a military target, a move Human Rights Watch called a "violation of the laws of war". In one instance, an airstrike killed 27 members of a single family. The bombings in Yemen continue. On August 25, 2017, the coalition dropped a bomb that destroyed a residential building and killed 16 civilians. The bomb was American. As of August 30, 2017, the United Nations asserts that coalition airstrikes are the leading cause of civilian casualties.


Yemen deserves our attention, but not like this. The future of Yemen is still very unclear. Coalition efforts appear to have made little tactical impact, and a ceasefire agreement seems unlikely. Aggravating an already devastating situation, the United States launched a nighttime airstrike against "ISIS" militants in Yemen on Monday, October 16, 2017. No longer quietly hiding in the shadows, backing the slow death of a nation, the United States is now directly involved. As we sink deeper into this quagmire, I urge the United States along with the whole international community to give the people of Yemen, what they so desperately need - hope. Pay attention. Send aid, if you can. Write to Congress and insist they support a resolution that requires debate on our involvement in Yemen. It is our duty to let these people know that we have not forgotten them. We remember.

Source: HuffPost, Edited by website team

02-11-2017 | 12:17

Comment Title
Human Verification

News Coverage

Related News

To Top