Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:
‘No one cares about Yemen, a shame’
The United Nations say Saudi Arabia should stop the bombing. Human rights organizations condemn the sale of weapons by Western countries to Saudi Arabia.
But while the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi has been world news for weeks, things remain remarkably silent about the crimes of Saudi Arabia against the millions of Yemenis. With a threatening famine as a result.
Thea Hilhorst, professor of humanitarian aid and reconstruction at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, typifies the situation in Yemen as a war crime. …
The Yemeni relief worker Radhya Almutawakel is temporarily in the Netherlands and talks about the horrors in her country. “Your life is not safe, at any time of the day.” “I experienced that with my father in 2014. He was shot dead on the street for no reason, just like that.”
“Yemen is surrounded by death, there is no escape”, says Almutawakel. “And hunger is finally breaking the people of Yemen, a famine caused by the parties in the war, with a very bad role of Saudi Arabia.”
The aid worker thinks that Saudi Arabia can end the war and put an end to all the suffering, if there is enough pressure from the international community. “But nobody cares, the international community
supports Saudi Arabia with weapons that destroy our country, the Saudi’s are destroying Yemen and everyone is looking the other way, I think it’s a shame.”
The largely invisible suffering takes place behind the walls of houses. Whole families are now being affected by illness and hunger. The famine that threatens is of unprecedented magnitude. According to UN envoy Mark Lowcock, 14 million people are dependent on food aid for survival in the short term. That is half of the population.