Yemenis didn’t wake up to a hangover from New Year’s Eve, because they didn’t have one. Unlike the rest of the world, Yemenis aren’t worried about a splitting headache from last night’s binge drinking, but their survival. The nation, like on any other day, woke up adjusting itself amidst the rubble from destroyed buildings, particularly, schools and houses, and also to the lost lives of millions of innocent people.
What all did Yemen survive through in the year 2017?
Following is the timeline of events from the year 2017 that left Yemen in a relatively worse shape to ever recover from. Year 2018 and we expect the humanitarian aids to reach the war-stricken Arab nation in masses
Inhumane Attack on Humanity
- January 30th: A US military operation took off killing more than 10 Yemen children and women. This was reportedly, the first operation of its kind to take place under the newly elected US President – Donald Trump – in al-Bayda’s southern province. However, the US military never admitted to killing civilians, instead stated to have killed 14 members of ‘AQAP’ (Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula)
- March 18: A boat near the Yemen region was attacked by a helicopter gunship. Around 42 Somalis died in this attack, worsening the situation on humanitarian grounds.
- April 26: UN warned about the requirement of immediate humanitarian aid in Yemen to save more than 17 million endangered Yemeni lives starving yet nothing seemed to stop – neither the war nor the humanitarian crisis.
- July 1: WHO reported 1,500 people dead, 246,000 affected by Cholera, and yet again, the war didn’t come to a halt.
- August 24: Ali Abdullah Saleh, the perpetrator of this civilian war in Yemen causing the world’s humanitarian crisis, held a rally in the capital city of Sanaa. Thousands of people turned out showing public support in masses. The rally took place during the rift between the respective former President and the rebels, Houthis, controlling a majority of Yemen.
- November 7: Despite being handed over the power, the newly elected Yemeni President, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi fled to Saudi Arabia amidst geopolitical tensions rising in Yemen.
End of Saleh
- November 10: Situations went out of hand, enough for the aid agencies to warn conflicting parties about the aggravated starvation in Yemen that had put the lives of more than 20 million people on the verge.
- December 4: The era of Saleh’s dictatorship ended with his assassination near Sanaa, claimed to be done by the Houthi Rebels. Speculation state that breaking ties with the Rebels, publically, and expressing openness to negotiating with the Saudi-led coalition caused the death of Saleh, probably allowing Hadi to move over.
The aggravation of years of war, civilian deaths, and the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, what’s tragic is the fact that Yemeni’s still hope for a better tomorrow and a peaceful 2018.
But the question is, will the world be human enough to be able to give Yemen the peaceful life it deserves? Will the parties in conflict ever be courteous enough to look over to the damage they have caused in the name of a geopolitical war?