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A true picture of Yemen

Hope and despair

The BBC recently broadcast a programme about starvation in Yemen. In Our World, Starving Yemen* a reporter follows a Yemeni doctor as she visits families with malnourished children. Included is the story of an eighteen-month-old boy who is slowly starving because the only milk his body can digest is no longer available… His mother cries as she tells the doctor, ‘I’m losing my son and there is nothing I can do about it.’

It’s clear that many children have been dying in Yemen, while for the most part the media has looked away. Most of us know there is an ongoing war, but we know little of its devastating side effects: famine and disease. The doctor mentioned above has been buying medicine with her personal savings, remaining in Yemen alone while her husband and daughter stay in Jordan. She makes a powerful statement:

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What can we do about fear?

It seems these days that almost every breaking news item is accompanied with a note that terrorism ‘cannot be ruled out’. We hold our breath as we await confirmation that a plane crash, a stabbing or a shooting has been orchestrated by a supporter of Daesh (ISIS). And even before we know the motive of an attack, we’re gripped with fear as we realise it could have been us or someone we know.

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The forgotten victims of war

By an Arab World Media team member

I last saw them in the spring of 2013. For three years they had shared their lives with me. For three seasons of Ramadan we had broken the fast together over the Iftar meals. Friday mornings were spent reviewing English assignments with the youngest, followed by the all-important Friday noon meal with their ever-growing family.

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Jesus the refugee

In Matthew 2:13-15, an angel appears to Joseph in a dream, telling him to get up, take Jesus and his mother, and go to Egypt. King Herod was searching for Jesus and wanted to kill him, so they had to leave everything and flee.

According to the UNHCR, by the end of 2014 there were 19.5 million refugees worldwide, plus 38.2 million internally displaced people (IDPs). During 2014, an average of 42,500 people left their homes each day to seek protection elsewhere.

In the Arab world, by December 2014, of the 11.6 million people of concern in Syria, 3.8 million were refugees and 7.6 million were IDPs. In Iraq, 4.1 million people were either internally or externally displaced. These figures do not include the thousands of forgotten people in war-torn Yemen, who are trapped in their own country, living from day to day in hellish conditions.

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