This is from a French news article in La Croix. I set my Google Search to French because my Google searches in English have been flooded with nothing but news on the Yemen raid from January and recent airstrikes. There is MUCH MORE happening in the country than that and I wanted to see what was up.

I ended up changing my entire Google account, the whole shebang, into French, but anyway…. I found this story about how being a humanitarian worker in Yemen is  risky business. My English summary~~~

In Yemen, civil society actors are witnessing chaos in security and humanitarian aid, threatened by indiscriminate airstrikes and forced arrests. Despite these risks and being caught between two different sides of the war, they have very important work to do.

Examples of arrests: 7 aid workers with the Norwegian Refugee Council last month. They were eventually released after a misunderstanding was cleared up. And more recently, an inspector was kidnapped in Taiz with no more recent news about them.

Humanitarian workers never know when they’ll be hit by an airstrike or if the Houthi will close their offices.

As for journalists, they might be used as human shields against airstrikes. Over the past two years of conflict, the Houthis have detained at least 15 journalists in the capital of Sana’a. Finding independent news sources about the conflict is difficult since only media loyal to involved parties remains in Yemen.

Civilians are having a difficult time too with no food, work, or electricity.

« Le Yémen d’aujourd’hui rappelle l’Afghanistan des Talibans dans les années 1990. »

“The Yemen of today is similar to Afghanistan under the Taliban of the 1990s.”

The article concludes with a hope that civilians, because they are the victims, will not join the fight.


After this article was written, there was a pro-Houthi rally held in Sana’a.  I guess that concluding wish for civilians to not join the fight won’t come true?

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