Médecins Sans Frontières: Lack of care kills mothers and children in Yemen

Cholera outbreak spreading like wildfire in Yemen

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said that mothers and children in Yemen are dying from lack of access to medical care.

 

This came in a report published by the International Organization Wednesday, on its website, and viewed by “Anatolia”.

 

According to the report, many pregnant mothers with complications during childbirth and sick children can not receive medical care in Yemen, and that the consequences are often fatal

 

“After four years of conflict, the HOUTHIS  caused the actual collapse of the country’s public health system, which can not meet the needs of the 28 million people,” he said.

 

The organization said it had identified the deaths of 36 and 1529 children 1018 among them are new babies, in the hospital “Alhoban” in the province of Taiz (Southwest) and affiliated to the hospital, “Abbas,” supported by the organization in the province of Hajj in the  (north-west) between 2016 and 2018.

 

The report linked a large number of  deaths to several factors, mostly as a result of the continuation of the war, including the lack of sanitation, the difficulties people face in accessing these facilities, their inability to afford  other alternatives

 

He said many people had to cross the front lines, pass through forbidden areas, or negotiate their way through various checkpoints to reach a hospital that was still operating.

 

 

MSF  called on international relief organizations to increase their humanitarian response, increase the number of experienced staff sent to areas where the needs are huge, and ensure timely supervision and quality of assistance.

In war-torn Yemen “Spy Vulture” has found

nelson vulture

Into war-torn Yemen, Griffon vulture Nelson has crossed looking for food but ended up in the hands of Yemeni fighters. Kept temporarily in jail for suspected espionage.

Vulture came down in the country’s third city of Taez.  A rare move for vulture which can soar for long distances across continents looking for food and moderate weather.

Nelson, around two years old, embarked on his voyage in September 2018 from Bulgari. The Fund for Wild Fauna and Flora ( FWFF) tagged his wings with an equipped satellite transmitter.

However, he has lost his way, eventually coming down into Taez – under siege by Huthi rebels but controlled by pro-government forces, who mistook Nelson’s satellite transmitter for an espionage device and detained the vulture.

Forces faithful to the government believed that the GPS tracker attached to the vulture could have been a spy device for the rebels.

Yemen reclaiming the role of the Yemeni professional diaspora

Citizens in Capital of Sanaa do what they can to express optimism for future

The Yemeni diaspora’s engagement in recent political advancements in Yemen. This group of Yemenis contains professionals from varied backgrounds who positively engage in endeavors to improve the political and also economic situation in Yemen. This paper finds that Yemeni diaspora actors, those who have departed from Yemen since 2014, are a valuable, but largely untapped, resource for the international policymaking community. The poor mobilization and coordination among these Yemeni specialists is a major challenge that is inseparable from the polarization in their home country. Nevertheless, they should be key partners in shaping the international and domestic policies that affect them and the situation in Yemen.

This paper examines the efforts of Yemeni professional diaspora members to affect, challenge, and shape plans addressing their country’s political crises. The capability of international policymakers, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), journalists, and also researchers to access important parts of Yemen stays severely restricted by the ongoing war. Yemenis outside of Yemen, however, are an instantly accessible and indispensable resource for policymakers and can help enhance the latter’s consequence during the conflict, transitional, and post-conflict periods.

The Yemeni professional diaspora, however, is far from homogenous in the composition and objectives. Diaspora members disagree, for instance, about how best to revive the transitional process in Yemen. Still, they share common frustrations regarding the worldwide community’s involvement with them (or lack thereof) and regarding the conflict in Yemen more broadly. Their overarching concern is that policymakers engage in a superficial, tokenizing manner with Yemenis both inside and outside of Yemen, whether at domestic negotiations or peace talks.

Three principal observations emerge from this paper’s discovery, which is mostly based on interviews with top members of the Yemeni professional diaspora. First, the Yemeni diaspora provides a powerful awareness-raising part by unpacking and underscoring the difficulties of the local financial, political, and social qualities of Yemen. Yemeni diaspora members try to ensure that powerful Western policymakers along with the media are better informed about the Yemeni context, wit consciously prioritized efforts to countertop what they view as a superficial, misguided, and misinformed narrative upon which international performers overwhelmingly base their plans. Secondly, Yemeni diaspora performers have shared their expertise and created their country literally accessible to foreign journalists and scholars. While challenges remain, this expertise and access have nevertheless assisted the production of better-quality media reporting on the circumstance in Yemen, particularly for Western audiences. Finally, regardless of deep partitions and hostile polarization among Yemenis inside and outside of Yemen, the interviewees demonstrated that they agree on several policy approaches to help ease, or even end, the confrontation.

Instead of present policy suggestions for conflict decision in Yemen, this paper rather foregrounds a mostly overlooked set of performers – the Yemeni professional diaspora – whose political involvement continues to be overshadowed by a misinformed and disinterested international community. It is their policy recommendations, informed by locally-based Yemenis and also backed by partnerships with international performers, that needs to be at the core of reclaiming Yemen.

Saudi Minister says Yemen’s Houthis ignoring calls for political solution

Deputy defense minister of Saudi Arabia on Wednesday blamed Yemen’s Houthi movement for a mired peace deal in the primary port of Hodeidah, stating the Iran-aligned group was ignoring the kingdom’s call for a political solution to the four-year war.

A Western-backed Sunni Muslim military coalition is leading by Saudi Arabia that intervened in Yemen in 2015 to restore the internationally acknowledged government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, which was ousted from power in the capital Sanaa by the Houthis in late 2014.

“They are avoiding our calls for a political solution to this crisis,” Prince Khalid bin Salman stated at a security conference in Moscow, in his first comments on Yemen since becoming deputy defense minister in February.

The warring parties attained a deal at U.N.-sponsored talks in Sweden in December for a ceasefire and troop withdrawal from the Red Sea port town of Hodeidah, a lifeline for millions of people.

The Houthis declare they are prepared to implement the Hodeidah deal, however, that the other side is obstructing it.

The truce has largely held but the redeployment of forces has mired with each side blaming the other for impeding the pact, the first major breakthrough peacefully efforts in over 4 years aimed at paving the way for political negotiations.

Prince Khalid, a son of King Salman and a full younger brother of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, accused regional rival Iran of trying “to seize the Yemeni state” by supporting the Houthis, who control Hodeidah and also most urban centers in Yemen.

The Houthis deny being puppets of Iran and say their revolution is against corruption.

The confrontation, which has slaughtered tens of thousands of individuals and pressed the poorest Arabian Peninsula nation to the brink of famine, is largely observed in the region since a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and also its arch-foe Shi’ite Muslim Iran.

The Armed Confrontation Location & Event Data Project (ACLED), a database tracking violence in Yemen, last week said around 70,000 people have been reported killed since the start of 2016.

Western nations, some of which supply arms and common sense to the alliance, have increased pressure on Saudi Arabia along with the United Arab Emirates to conclude the conflict following the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi last October at the hands of Saudi agents at the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate.

United Nations: The war in Yemen has killed a quarter of a million people

Yemeni Rial Gets Strengthened Through Saudi Measures
A quarter of a million Yemenis have been killed either by war or lack of health care and food shortages, according to a UNDP report.
The report said that the conflict in Yemen caused a decline in human development by 20 years, and left devastating consequences.
The report pointed to the pressures that Yemen suffered before the outbreak of the conflict in 2015, ranking 153 among the countries of the world on the Human Development Index.
The report is based on a study done by a team of researchers from the University of Denver in the United States that examines the Yemen conflict’s implications on achieving the development priorities adopted by the Member States in the 2030 Plan for Sustainable Development.

Houthi militia threatens to blow up oil tankers in the Red Sea

Senior Humanitarian Aid Official in Yemen talks of difficulties being faced
Houthis claimed in a tweet on Twitter that the amount of oil stored in the ship “Safer” floating off Hodeidah began to leak, blaming the Yemeni government and the coalition for supporting the legitimacy; for not allowing the group to sell stored oil, which is intended to be used in its military activities against legitimate forces.
The floating tank contains about one million barrels of crude oil in the Red Sea, a steamer owned by the Yemeni state, currently controlled by the Houthi militia.
Experts say the Houthi threat if implemented, would lead to and the environmental disaster that would have repercussions on marine life for many years to come.

20 Years of war has set back Yemen’s development said by UN

18,000 People Have Been Relocated After Violent Clashes in Abs

The u.n.-commissioned report says the war in Yemen has set back its improvement by more than 20 years.

The study commissioned by the U.N. Development Plan found that if the war ends this year, it will have caused economic losing trades of $88.8 billion. If the conflict lasts until 2030, it would leave 71 percent of the population in tremendous poverty, 84 percent malnourished and trigger economic losses of $657 billion.

The UNDP’s Yemen representative, Auke Lootsma, says that “even if there were to be peace tomorrow, it could take decades for Yemen to return to pre-conflict levels of development.”

A Saudi-led coalition has been fighting Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi rebels since 2015. The confrontation has killed tens of thousands of people and driven the nation to the brink of famine

Al-Houthis control the center of Al-Hishah Directorate amid the failure of legitimacy and alliance

The Yemeni army has shot down a fourth Houthi drone in the month of March while the drone was spotted in the airspace of Nihm district of the Sanaa governorate. Since the beginning of the year this was the seventh drone that was shot down by the army of Yemen. Earlier this year, the Yemeni army that is the Saudi led Arab coalition had also raided two caves in Sanaa that was used by the Houthi militants for storing drones. One of the spokes person from the coalition also said that the militants had been using the drones that were hidden in the cave for carrying out terrorist activities.
The military and tribal sources in the Directorate of Hutha said that the militias Houthi was able to control the center of Doran after they cut the main supply line of the Directorate, the same sources added those tribal  elements facilitated the way to the militias to enter some areas of AL-Hishah and that the failure of legitimacy and alliance and non-support of the brigades of the axis of Dalea is The other major and important reason for what is happening.
The mountain of AHSHA is one of the most strategic
mountains facing the dale and large areas of TAIZ and
LAHZ.

Yemen central banks ready to supply foreign currencies

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Yemen’s central bank stated, ” we are willing to supply commercial and Islamic banks with foreign currency to finance imports of goods into the country” which has been pushed to the brink of famine by a four-year war, a Yemeni news agency reported.

Reflecting the war between the Saudi-backed government and the Iran aligned Houthi movement, the central bank has split into two rival head offices for developing hold-ups and settlement problems which have exacerbated an urgent humanitarian crisis.

It was willing to sell banks foreign currency at a rate of 506 rials to the U.S. dollar or at market rates, granted a circular saying by the branch of the southern port of Aden, the seat of the internationally well-known government, “whichever is lower”, state news agency Saba reported late on Monday.

It mentioned the statement since saying this would cover letters of credit and also financing guarantees for imports of products not covered by a $2 billion grant from Saudi Arabia to help finance imports of simple goods and petroleum products.

The United Nations states about 80 % of the 30 million population require some kind of humanitarian help and two-thirds of most districts in Yemen are in a “pre-famine” condition.

The competitor central bank headquartered in Sanaa, the capital now held by the Houthis who control most urban center in Yemen, did not receive any funds from the Saudi loan. A sanctioned in the Sanaa branch informed Reuters last year that dealers must get letters of credit in Aden.

The war pits the Houthi group against a Saudi-led coalition attempting to restore the government of Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi that was ousted from power in Sanaa in late 2014. The Houthis say their revolution is against corruption.

The difficulty has devastated the economy of the poorest Arabian Peninsula nation. It has cut supply routes, decreased imports and caused severe inflation. The central bank practically doubled the interest rate late last year to stabilize the currency.

Yemen: Fears over the lives of journalists abducted by the Houthis

In South Yemen Fierce Battle Erupts after Tribal Leader’s Home Gets Blown Up By Houthi Rebels
The Yemeni National Media Organization said on Sunday that it had received a report from the families of journalists kidnapped by the Huthis group at the political security prison in the capital Sanaa that says that the journalists were subjected to brutal the torture that lasted for days, and that the Houthis doesn’t allow the families to meet the detained journalists.
The families of the kidnapped journalists reported the deterioration of their health conditions in a frightening manner, as a result of the severe torture they suffered, expressing fears that their health would continue to deteriorate while the Houthis continue to stop the entry of food and medicine.
The organization condemned in a statement the violations committed by the Houthis group against the kidnapped journalists, and declared the group fully responsible for the health and safety of journalists and their lives, demanding their immediate and unconditional release. It also affirmed the right of abducted journalists to full freedom and their right to just compensation guaranteed by international human rights law.
The organization stressed the need for international and domestic efforts to put pressure on the Houthis group, until the release of the kidnapped journalists. She appealed to all international organizations, especially organizations and unions related to media freedoms and press, to stand in solidarity with kidnapped Yemeni journalists until they are released.
The organization renewed its call for UN Secretary-General envoy, Martin Griffiths, and the International Red Cross to visit journalists in Sanaa’s Political Security Prison as soon as possible insisting that their lives are threatened.