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John Galt

Syria and Yemen: A tale of two conflicts

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 John Galt    1,968


Honestly.. I post this simply out of recognition for the men and woman who have struggled in these nations in these past years.. When I think of my life, and my struggles, they seem simple in comparison to the likes of those people in Yemen and Syria. Both countries have stood there ground against massive forces, and have won against all odds. They have not lost their spirit in the process either.

Over the past six years, the world has looked on in horror as a modern-day humanitarian crisis has unfolded in Syria.

Emotive images of young children lying dead and injured from air strikes regularly fill our television screens, and there is no shortage of news reports detailing the ‘human rights abuses’ of the ‘Assad regime’ and its allies in Russia and Iran.

What has received significantly less media coverage however, is the equally barbaric war being waged on Yemen since March 2015, one that has seen thousands of civilians slaughtered by indiscriminate air strikes, and has forced an already impoverished nation into famine

The conflict in Syria has its roots in Bashar al-Assad’s 2009 refusal to allow US-allied Qatar to build a pipeline through his country into Turkey, one that would have undermined his relationship with Russia.

Following protests calling for government reform that began in March 2011 amid the wider Arab Spring, the CIA began covertly arming and training Salafist groups in a bid to overthrow Assad’s secular leadership.

Similar to what was playing out in Libya at the time, these groups soon took over vast swathes of the country, imposing Sharia law in areas under their control and carrying out ethnic cleansing of minority groups such as Christians and Shi’a.

This mainly targeted the agricultural sector of Yemen, resulting in widespread starvation in what is already the most impoverished country in the Arabian peninsula.

The subsequent collapse of Yemen’s health, water and sanitation systems led to the worst Cholera outbreak in recorded history, and the situation has been exacerbated further by a Saudi blockade preventing food and medical supplies from entering the country.

Despite this being the world’s foremost humanitarian crisis, one in which 50,000 children are expected to die by the end of 2017 alone, the situation in Yemen has only garnered a fraction of the media coverage that Syria has received since 2011.



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