Civil war, famine, and cholera are endangering millions of lives In Yemen. So why is no one paying attention? Give us three minutes to convince you why you should care. Carl Nasman explains.
So why is no one paying attention? Look, it’s not your fault. This is an incredibly complicated conflict involving politics, religion, and countries from all over the world. Yemen’s conflict is now a battleground for the region’s two superpowers: Iran and Saudi Arabia. Iran, which is Shia, is believed to be arming and supporting the Houthis although Iran denies it. Saudi Arabia, which is Sunni, is backed by Yemen’s deposed President Hadi and it’s doing so with jets and airstrikes in Yemen.
Meanwhile Germany is still selling hundreds of millions of euros worth of weapons to the Saudis, which could potentially be used in Yemen.
Right now it looks like no one is winning the war, but there is a loser: the Yemeni people.
Saudi Arabia’s airstrikes and its blockade of food, medicine, and vaccines are creating a humanitarian crisis in Yemen. And the statistics are staggering. According to the United Nations, more than 10,000 people have died so far. 17 million are on the brink of starvation and 2.9 million are internally displaced. Now a cholera outbreak has infected nearly a million people.
It’s time to start paying attention. Yemen is crucial in the fight against terrorism. Al Qaeda and the “Islamic State” are growing stronger there. And while you might be far away, that doesn’t mean you’re not involved. Right now, the UN is investigating allegations of war crimes in Yemen. So if you’re from the US, UK, Germany, or any country allied with Saudi Arabia or Iran, your tax money could be supporting their actions.