June 7, 2016

Yemen: Ramadan without peace

What would a viable solution to Yemen’s war look like?

As Ramadan begins, the United Nations has renewed efforts to strengthen peace talks between Yemen's warring factions. But a broken ceasefire has dashed most hopes for an end to hostilities.

The Saudi-led air campaign to restore the former Yemeni government is more than a year old, but the front lines of the civil war have barely moved. Instead, the most noticeable results of the conflict are the humanitarian disaster that has unfolded: 2.5 million Yemenis are internally displaced, and more than 7.5 million are severely food insecure, according to UNICEF. 

The British Red Cross has said it fears a famine in Yemen like the one that drew world attention in the 1980s in Ethiopia. 

Will Ramadan further ease the fighting and open the door for a more lasting peace? And what compromises would that require?

In this episode of The Stream, we speak with: 

Hussain Al-Bukhaiti @HussainBukhaiti

Pro-Houthi journalist

Hakim Al Masmari @HakimAlmasmari

Editor-in-chief, Yemen Post

Khaled Batarfi @kbatarfi

Senior columnist, Saudi Gazette

Sama'a Al Hamdani @SamaaAlhamdani

Yemeni political analyst

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