Lengthy read from The Independent. I’ll quote some of the good bits while sprinkling in some recent photos from Getty Images.
“The numbers do not show the human aspect. Unlike Syria, where news about the devastation and death makes it to the media very quickly, Yemenis suffer in silence,” said Sherine El Taraboulsi-McCarthy, a research fellow at the Overseas Development Institute.
Yemeni children play football in a field in the government-held western Yemeni coastal port town of Mokha, on April 19, 2017.
Shia Houthi rebels, al-Qaeda and other insurgents continued to chip away at the fragile peace, however, resulting in the toppling of the government after Houthis swept into the capital Sanaa in 2014.
While often portrayed as a proxy war between Tehran and Riyadh, Iranian influence over the Houthis is overstated. US intelligence believes Tehran advised the rebels not to assault Sanaa, and the insurgents’ long-term political goals are unclear.
Houthis shout slogans during a demonstration demanding that the Houthi Supreme Political Council declare a state of emergency, in Sanaa, Yemen on April 16, 2017.
“It is painful to describe the things I have seen in recent months,” said Tawfeek Al-Ganad, a writer and historian who had just arrived in Beirut from Yemen. He went on to describe the targeting of journalists and civil society activists he knew who have been killed or abducted by Houthi sympathisers. “Not only are people starving. Those who try to alleviate the situation are prevented from doing so.”
A medical worker registers young patients in the small rural village of An-Nassiri located about 60 km from Al Hudaydah. Only 45 per cent of health facilities in the country are currently functioning.
“We need the UN to commit to a timelined peace process in Yemen now. Aid is useless as long as the war remains. To help us is to end the war, not send shipments of guns, and hold a “sorry” conference every other year,” said Farea al-Muslimi, a non-resident fellow at the Middle East Institute in Washington DC.
Delegates speak prior the opening of a high-level conference to raise funds for war-ravaged Yemen on April 25, 2017 at the United Nations Office in Geneva.