‘Happy Anniversary’ – an air strike at a charity-supported hospital on Tuesday killed another seven people, marking four years of Saudi-Yemen war.
This week marks the anniversary of the war that led to the worst humanitarian crisis that the modern world has ever seen. Four years ago, Saudi Arabian jets initiated a deadly bombing campaign on its poor neighbour, Yemen — an intervention that has only reduced the worth of human life further. A few months ago, there appeared some light that the crisis might be over and will come to the table talk, but the life of ordinary Yemenis has only further deteriorated.
Back in December, the besieged government of President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi and the Houthi rebels met in Sweden. During their meeting, they agreed to avert further escalation around the port city of Hodeidah. The talks brokered by the United Nations were meant to ensure that the port stays functional. The port, that accounts of more than two-thirds of goods shipped into the country, is extremely crucial for survival because Yemen depends on exports imports for everything, even food and medicines.
“Civilian casualties have doubled in places like Hajjah and Taiz. The agreement has been breached by different sides. There was supposed to a troop redeployment and prisoner exchange. That hasn’t happened.” – Sultana Begum, NRC’s Yemen advocacy manager, said speaking to an international reporting source.
Save the Children, the NGO, gives an estimate that 37 children have been killed or injured on average every month during the past year. The NGO also reported that 80,000 kids who died because of malnourishment between 2015 and 2018.
Saudi Arabia claims that Houthis are being armed and financed by Iran to increase their influence in the region while Iran rejects these allegations. According to the UN, the Saudis have violated international humanitarian law by using excessive air power over the years. It also led to the economic meltdown in the region. These four years have destroyed the lives of people, pushing them to the brink of starvation and fight for survival.
“Conflict has destroyed people’s’ livelihood. For instance, fishing was an important industry along the coastal belt. Now fishermen are too scared to out into the sea.” – said Begum.
How was it being a Yemeni in the war period? The photo-file reveals the horrors.
(Trigger Warning: Graphic Content)
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