The Yemeni Quagmire: A Humanitarian Tragedy of Dire Proportions

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Asif Mohiuddin

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The war in Yemen, which escalated in March 2015, is making a dire humanitarian situation worse, with insurgent groups expanding and no end in sight to an intractable ideological conflict between warring political factions who appear further entrenched in their enmity than ever before, despite UN efforts to push Yemeni leaders towards new negotiations. The conflict has turned the country into a “humanitarian catastrophe”; fighting on the ground and air strikes have killed 10,000 people and displaced more than three million. According to the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), nearly 19 million people, almost 70 percent of the population, are in need of humanitarian aid.

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