Over the past two weeks, the Western news media has focused on the U.S. raid in Yemen, which targeted Qasim Al-Raymi, the leader of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. The raid resulted in thirty deaths, including civilians.
More often than not, when we think of a war’s victims, these are the sort of stories that come to mind. We rarely consider how the “side effects” of war affect human mortality. The Guardian recently published an article on the food crisis in Yemen. It focuses on how the conflict in the country has created famine conditions and brings attention to problems that are invisible to those outside the humanitarian assistance community. It also conveys how war often kills its victims slowly.
Broom-maker Taie al-Nahari is kneeling on the sand, shirtless, outside his thatched hut in al-Qaza village in Yemen’s al-Hudaydah governorate. His bones show through his skin.
Before the conflict began in 2015, the 53-year-old was a fisherman. Now he makes two brooms a day, which earns him a daily income of $1. “The boats that we were working on were bombed [by Saudi jets]. Now my family and I don’t have enough to eat,” he says.
The conflict is the primary driver of a hunger crisis that the UN has warned could turn to famine this year if nothing is done.
Read the full article here.