A famine in Yemen is expected this year

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I seriously thought this child was a monkey when I saw this picture. It's shocking. This is worse than any of the photos I remember seeing back in the 80s when the Ethiopian famine was big news. It seems the population of Yemen is 27 million. This year it's believed that 19.4 million of those will not have access to safe drinking water and 14.1 million of those will be food insecure. This is going to grow into probably the worst crisis the world has seen for decades.
Middle East - BBC News
Yemen: Food crisis could become famine this year, UN warns - BBC News
 


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I seriously thought this child was a monkey when I saw this picture. It's shocking. This is worse than any of the photos I remember seeing back in the 80s when the Ethiopian famine was big news. It seems the population of Yemen is 27 million. This year it's believed that 19.4 million of those will not have access to safe drinking water and 14.1 million of those will be food insecure. This is going to grow into probably the worst crisis the world has seen for decades.
Middle East - BBC News
Yemen: Food crisis could become famine this year, UN warns - BBC News
Horrific.

But the last thing they need is decades of 'Charity' to prop up their unsustainable population.
 

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Cluster bombs sold by the UK to Saudi being used over there... and yet the UK deludes itself about its principles and feels free to lecture everyone while courting regimes like Saudi...

Yemen is a f***ing disaster and just like with Syria... those who could do something do nothing...

The blowback is bound to be fierce when it comes...
 

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Horrific.

But the last thing they need is decades of 'Charity' to prop up their unsustainable population.
I agree.

However, they need the type of urgent help now that saves children from starving to death. And we should move to help provide that.
 

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80% of the population are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.

Yemen Crisis: How Did We Get Here? | Time.com
From that article, this is the problem...

In the wake of the 2011 Tunisian revolution, protesters across Yemen called for the ouster of U.S.- and Saudi-backed autocrat Ali Abdullah Saleh ­— who, it is believed, had amassed up to $60 billion during his time in office.

Saleh eventually ceded power to his deputy Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi in February 2012,.......

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In March 2015 a Saudi-led coalition — with intelligence, logistics and later munitions support from the U.S., the U.K. and France — began bombing Houthi positions in support of Hadi's internationally recognized government.
Why was Saleh mark 2 made a 'internationally recognised government'? When Saleh Mark 1 was looting 60 billion.

We should be supporting the Houthi in this instance, if 'we' were decent that is. Or even stay out of it and only allow in food no weapons, no Saudi terrorists or bombers - and sponsor a negotiated settlement with power sharing.
 

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I agree.

However, they need the type of urgent help now that saves children from starving to death. And we should move to help provide that.

"The destruction of infrastructure and disruption of the supply of essential goods and services has left thousands of families without fuel, electricity and water. Right now, a quarter of the population face starvation.
 
Red Cross and Red Crescent teams are distributing household items, food, sleeping mats to families. We are also supplying materials necessary for maintaining essential infrastructures and services such as water, electricity and sewerage".

https://www.redcross.ie/latest-appeals/yemen-crisis-appeal/?gclid=CPf77onj4tECFc2c7QoddFYARg

Volunteers on the ground provide for inexpensive and efficient aid delivery so with Yemen Red Crescent Society funding through IRC can be a good option for helping.
 

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And Muslims can boycott the Haj until the occupation of Mecca is ended and the number 1 slayer of Muslims worldwide is deposed to exile in America (probably). Every Muslim that goes there dignifies that regime. Why can't they do what the Catholics did and move the 'papacy' of Islam in protest (To Avignon for a time in the Middle Ages)?
 

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Ireland's Taoiseach Herr Kenny prostrated himself in front of the Saudi "Royalty" and told them the Irish and Saudis are as one. The Saudis are building massive spy centres in Dublin such as the one in Sheriff Street.
The UNHCR is collecting for Syria as is the British DEC. The UNHCR is chaired by the Saudis, who buy the weapons they murder Yemeni with from the Brits
 

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Ireland's Taoiseach Herr Kenny prostrated himself in front of the Saudi "Royalty" and told them the Irish and Saudis are as one. The Saudis are building massive spy centres in Dublin such as the one in Sheriff Street.
The UNHCR is collecting for Syria as is the British DEC. The UNHCR is chaired by the Saudis, who buy the weapons they murder Yemeni with from the Brits
It's quite disgusting isn't it? But you will find the palace floor will already have been partly polished by the knees of Hollande of France and Merkel and Theresa May. The decline of the West for sure. Fifty years ago those jumped up fascists would have been the ones on their knees in their long dresses begging for the support they needed to maintain their dodgy grip on power.

Interestingly the Sauds are forming their own relationship with Israel now - they know who pulls the strings in the US and EU, cut out the middleman and go straight to the power source.
 

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Cluster bombs sold by the UK to Saudi being used over there... and yet the UK deludes itself about its principles and feels free to lecture everyone while courting regimes like Saudi...

Yemen is a f***ing disaster and just like with Syria... those who could do something do nothing...

The blowback is bound to be fierce when it comes...
Cluster bombs in Yemen doesnt generate concern.

Its hard to explain to college friends that its a priority when they think they can get more action by railing against Trump.

It really is close to being that sad.

Mick
 

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What a rotten government has the UK, to be giving the supplies, to the saudis to use on the yemini population and all to fill their own pockets.
 

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Interestingly the Sauds are forming their own relationship with Israel now - they know who pulls the strings in the US and EU, cut out the middleman and go straight to the power source.
Nothing to do with anti-semitic paranoid international Jewey-jew-jew conspiracies and everything to do with Iran.
 

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Nothing to do with anti-semitic paranoid international Jewey-jew-jew conspiracies and everything to do with Iran.
There is no standalone reason for hostilities between Iran and Saudi, that supposed 'rivalry' or animosity is contrived or the result of external influences. Part of the project to balkanise the large countries which were enemies of Israel - to split them up on a sectarian basis. Shia v Sunni violence is something the US (and therefore Israel) has worked very hard for these last few decades - since neoconservatism started in fact with Ronald Reagan... the Iran Iraq war - the birth place of the modern Middle East now bearing it's putrid fruit.

Naturally all of Israel's enemies have been systematically destroyed since then with US/Saudi assistance - and the Shia response is the other side of the coin - necessary for full divisiveness.
 

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There is no standalone reason for hostilities between Iran and Saudi, that supposed 'rivalry' or animosity is contrived or the result of external influences. I think it is part of the project to balkanise the large countries which were enemies of Israel - to split them up on a sectarian basis. Shia v Sunni violence is something the US (and therefore Israel) has worked very hard for these last few decades - since neoconservatism started in fact with Ronald Reagan... the Iran Iraq war - the birth place of the modern Middle East now bearing it's putrid fruit.
They are religion dominated dictatorships which hate each other. Saudi Arabia abuses its Shia like nobody's business.

Mick
 

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They are religion dominated dictatorships which hate each other. Saudi Arabia abuses its Shia like nobody's business.

Mick
There is no logical reason for that hatred though. The Saudi elite aren't religious - c'mon, they bulldoze Muhammad's house and build a public toilet. They party with drugs and prostitutes in private. The Iranians are pragmatists.

They are set against each other but who set them that way? If Saudi reached out to Iran to mend their differences would the US turn on Saudi to prevent the formation of a power bloc in the region?

At the moment both fear US/Israel - neither will leave the comfort zone they think keeps them cool with Usrael. Iran obeys on nuclear matters and continues sectarian war in Iraq/Syria. Saudi keeps the oil flowing and promotes the balkanisation of Israel's enemies sending terrorists around the region fighting sectarian wars.

Between the two of them Israel does not need another thing, all is provided by their enemies. Poor Yemen is just a victim of this situation, a canvas on which the appalling reality of it is painted out, like Syria and Iraq.
 
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There is no logical reason for that hatred though. The Saudi elite aren't religious - c'mon, they bulldoze Muhammad's house and build a public toilet. They party with drugs and prostitutes in private. The Iranians are pragmatists.

They are set against each other but who set them that way? If Saudi reached out to Iran to mend their differences would the US turn on Saudi to prevent the formation of a power bloc in the region?

At the moment both fear US/Israel - neither will leave the comfort zone they think keeps them cool with Usrael. Iran obeys on nuclear matters and continues sectarian war in Iraq/Syria. Saudi keeps the oil flowing and promotes the balkanisation of Israel's enemies sending terrorists around the region fighting sectarian wars.

Between the two of them Israel does not need another thing, all is provided by their enemies. Poor Yemen is just a victim of this situation, a canvas on which the appalling reality of it is painted out, like Syria and Iraq.
Of course there's a logical reason for it. Tribes! The Middle East is made up of tribes, who don't trust each other. Things may quieten down for a while, maybe even years, but old hostilities always raise their heads again
 

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Of course there's a logical reason for it. Tribes! The Middle East is made up of tribes, who don't trust each other. Things may quieten down for a while, maybe even years, but old hostilities always raise their heads again
Tribes? That part of the world showed the rest of us about Civilisation. Those are nations and when left alone - when not invaded or attacked or sanctioned, they are peaceful places.
 

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Tribes? That part of the world showed the rest of us about Civilisation. Those are nations and when left alone - when not invaded or attacked or sanctioned, they are peaceful places.
Not in the last century they haven't. Not since the end of WWI
 

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Cluster bombs sold by the UK to Saudi being used over there... and yet the UK deludes itself about its principles and feels free to lecture everyone while courting regimes like Saudi...

Yemen is a f***ing disaster and just like with Syria... those who could do something do nothing...

The blowback is bound to be fierce when it comes...
I hope the blowback is an athiest movement on the Arabian penninsula.

If Saudi Arabia is not supplied by the UK, it will be supplied by France or the US.

The source of the barbarity is the KSA.
 


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