PHOTOS: Tears, Blood & Hunger | Celebrated with airstrike on hospital, it is the fourth anniversary of Saudi Arabia’s war on Yemen

‘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.

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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)


In this Oct. 1, 2018, photo, a malnourished boy sits on a hospital bed at the Aslam Health Center, Hajjah, Yemen.
AP Photo/Hani Mohammed


In this Oct. 1, 2018, photo, Yahia Hussein feeds his children mouldy bread in their shelter, in Aslam, Hajjah, Yemen.
AP Photo/Hani Mohammed


In this Oct. 1, 2018, photo, a man prepares Halas for his children, a climbing vine of green leaves, in Aslam, Hajjah, Yemen.
AP Photo/Hani Mohammed


In this Oct. 1, 2018, photo, a woman holds a malnourished boy at the Aslam Health Center, in Hajjah, Yemen. The UN agencies are warning that at least 3.5 million others might slip into the pre-famine stage.
AP Photo/Hani Mohammed


A man carries Buthaina Muhammad Mansour, an injured girl rescued from the site of a Saudi-led air strike in Sanaa, Yemen, on August 25, 2017. Her bruised eyes still swollen shut, Mansour, believed to be four or five years old, did not yet know that her parents, five siblings and uncle were killed when an airstrike flattened their home in Yemen’s capital. Despite a concussion and skull fractures, doctors think Buthaina will pull through—the family’s sole survivor in the air attack that residents blame on a Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen since 2015. The alliance said in a statement it would investigate the airstrike, which killed at least 12 civilians.
Khaled Abdullah / Reuters


Yemenis carry a wounded man past a burning vehicle following a reported suicide car bombing in Huta, the capital of the southern province of Lahj, a bastion of Al-Qaeda jihadists, on March 27, 2017. 10 jihadists, including a suicide bomber, perished when they attacked a government building in southern Yemen, killing six soldiers and four civilians, officials said.
Saleh Al-Obeidi / AFP / Getty


A man sits next to a relative’s grave at a cemetery dedicated for followers of the Houthi movement killed in Yemen’s ongoing conflict, in Sanaa, on April 11, 2017.
Khaled Abdullah / Reuters


TOPSHOT – A Yemeni man reacts on the rubble of houses destroyed in a suspected Saudi-led coalition air strike in Sanaa on June 9, 2017.
Four civilians, including two teenagers, died “in a strike by the coalition that targeted a civilian house behind the presidential palace in the south of the capital”, a medical source said. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED HUWAIS (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED HUWAIS/AFP/Getty Images)


People gather around a charity tanker truck to fill up their jerrycans with drinking water in Bajil of the Red Sea province of Hodeidah, Yemen July 29, 2017. REUTERS/Abduljabbar Zeyad – RC1E986258C0

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