On Thursday, September 27 at 7 pm, Yemen natives Sama'a Al-Hamdani and Tasleem Mulhall will help articulate the Yemen catastrophe from political and human perspectives, in a public forum presented by The Markaz and UCLA's Center for Near Eastern Studies. The forum is free to the public.* At UCLA Young Hall, on the southeast side of the campus— arrive early to park in Parking Lot 2 (off Hilgard). Young Hall CS76, 607 Charles E Young Drive East Los Angeles (Westwood). Interactive campus map.
The war waged by a Saudi Arabia-led coalition of Arab states against Houthi rebels fighting Yemen's government has brought Yemen to the brink of collapse. Famine and a cholera epidemic has turned Yemen into the world's worst humanitarian catastrophe of our time. More than 22 million people—three-quarters of the country's population— are in need of humanitarian assistance. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs estimates that three million Yemenis have been displaced, aggravating the worldwide refugee crisis. With the Saudi coalition blockade bringing Yemen's economy to a standstill, nearly two million children are suffering from acute malnutrition, according to UNICEF.
The conflict in Yemen is viewed by some as revelatory of Saudi Arabia's cold war with Iran, as Iran supports the Houthi uprising. The United States government, meanwhile, has clearly picked sides, having provided arms and assistance to the Saudi war effort. As CNN pointed out on August 17, 2018, bombs manufactured by Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and General Dynamics have been showing up in the wreckage of war and in civilian carnage. Other western powers, including the UK and France, have also supplied the Saudi-led coalition with weapons and intelligence. And yet children continue to be among the most visible victims of this internecine conflict, which shows no signs of abating anytime soon.
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