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World Turns A Blind Eye To Yemen’s Suffering

"Months after an airstrike on a neighborhood populated by black Yemenis, or "Muhamasheen," more than a hundred buildings still remain in rubble and survivors continue to search for any valuables, Sana'a, Yemen, Oct. 9, 2015.

Air_strike_in_Sana'a_11-5-2015For the past 12 months, Saudi Arabia has been leading a coalition of Arab nations by conducting a systematic attack on Yemen which has led to 80% of the country needing aid and all the while the world has turned a blind eye.

Over 7,000 people have been killed in the country, half of them children. Half of the 22 provinces in Yemen are facing famine. This is happening because Saudi Arabian and its Coalition began hostilities in Yemen  12 months ago to influence the outcome of the Yemeni Civil War. The Saudi-led coalition wants to restore the government of Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi in Aden. The Saudi-backed forces continue offensives to retake capital from Houthi fighters.

The Arab League and the United States voiced support for the intervention, but the European Union, Russia and the United Nations have criticised it.The United Kingdom supported the intervention, re-supplying the Saudi military. Iran condemned intervention as “US-backed aggression.”

"Months after an airstrike on a neighborhood populated by black Yemenis, or "Muhamasheen," more than a hundred buildings still remain in rubble and survivors continue to search for any valuables, Sana'a, Yemen, Oct. 9, 2015.

“Months after an airstrike on a neighborhood populated by black Yemenis, or “Muhamasheen,” more than a hundred buildings still remain in rubble and survivors continue to search for any valuables, Sana’a, Yemen, Oct. 9, 2015.

The result of this war is it has led to more than 13 million people out of a population of 26 million need food aid. 1 in 10 Yemenis are displaced, many of them living with host families. Almost 600 health facilities have closed because of damage, or shortages of supplies and medical staff. Others are operating at much-reduced capacity for the same reasons. More than 1.8 million children have been out of school since mid-March 2015. As of January 2016, some 1,170 schools were unfit for use because of damage, or because they were sheltering displaced people, or were occupied by armed groups

 

 

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