By Porter Rodriguez
Edited by Nikita Shetty
One of the world's biggest humanitarian crises is occurring in a small country in the middle east - and it's far from over...
What is Happening?
In 2011, there was a handover of power from the former president of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh, to his deputy and current president, Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi. Hadi’s run as president was littered with problems that he took over from Saleh, such as attacks by rebel groups, unemployment, and food insecurity.
Whilst dealing with these problems, a rebel group known as the Houthis took advantage of the president's instability and seized territories in the north as well as the country's capital, Saada. This caused Hadi to flee the country in March 2012. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and other middle eastern countries support Hadi’s government, and have led numerous airstrikes that have killed and injured thousands of innocent citizens. Multiple agreements have tried to happen, but Yemen is still facing fighting, missile strikes, and air raids between the different groups.
In 2018, the Saudi Arabian lead coalition supporting Haudis government decided to take the Red Sea city of Hudaydah from the Houthis. The port located there is a crucial spot providing for almost one-third of Yemen's population. The UN warned that the destruction of the port would cause massive loss of life due to famine.
The Human Consequences:
Yemen has been torn apart by this conflict.
The transportation of basic supplies and aid has been stopped by forces.
80 percent of Yemen's population, 24 million people, require aid supplied by outside humanitarian groups.
10 million people in the country are facing famine.
1 in 5 children have lost their homes, and 70% don’t have clean water and sanitation.
More than 368,000 children under 5 years old are suffering from severe acute malnutrition, a part of the 2 million children who are malnourished.
2 million children are out of school.
As of October 2019, the death toll was over 100,000.
Yemeni citizens are paying the price for a war that they have no part in. This is the worst humanitarian crisis in history.
What Can I Do to Help?
The UN is collecting donations to aid yemen as COVID-19 ravishes through the country.
Organizations like UNICEF, the Red Cross, and Save The Children are also collecting donations and sending aid to the country, all well as numerous others. When donating, please double check to make sure that your money is going to a credible source.
If you can’t donate, stream this YouTube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yaB1gHJnGc. All the profits from this video are being donated to helping Yemen.
Read and share this article with your friends and family. The more people that are aware of this crisis the better.
Yemen is a beautiful country that has been devastated by war and famine. Children are going hungry and people are dying everyday. Please do whatever you can to help raise awareness, so that we can do our own small part to help these innocent people.