Yemen: drained, uncertain, and ignored – a series on Yemen, part 3

Author
Mohamed Saleh
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Harvard Journal of Middle Eastern Politics and Policy
Volume
6
Issue Number
0
Publication Date
2017
Institution
The John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University
Abstract
This is the third of a three-part series of essays on Yemen highlighting the magnitude and impact of the civil war on Yemenis. Yemen is located on the southern edge of the Arabian peninsula, with the Red Sea and Egypt to its west, the Gulf of Aden and the Horn of Africa to its south, Oman on its northeastern border, and Saudi Arabia along its northern border. Once benign representations of Yemen’s geography and sovereignty, those borders now symbolize nothing but profound anguish. The edges outlining a nation whose people remain imprisoned while waiting for life-saving aid which may not come. What at one point was a country grappling with the contradictions of 21st century development and economic growth has been bombed so viciously and blockaded so resolutely that close to a million of its inhabitants may die from a disease easily cured by oral rehydration therapy – a medical expression for treatment by purified water and modest amounts of sugar, salt, and zinc supplements. Condiments and a few bottles from a local pharmacy in any European country, and water. That is all. And yet the international community continues to watch in horror, its reaction anemic, its response stunted.
Topic
Civil War, War, Arab Spring, Humanitarian Intervention, International Community
Political Geography
Iran, Middle East, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, United States of America, Gulf Nations