Episode
February 26, 2019

Is Yemen's mass starvation a war crime?

The Stream discusses man-made famine in Yemen and attitudes surrounding it.
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According to the UN, Yemen is going through the world's worst food security crisis, with two-thirds of the population - more than 18 million people - in need of food aid. Over the course of four years of war between Houthi rebels and a Saudi-led coalition backing Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, an estimated 85,000 children under the age of five may have starved to death. 

Who should be held responsible for the thousands of Yemenis who have died from starvation? And to what degree is there apathy from the international community about the conflict?  In this episode, we hear the latest on the humanitarian crisis, speak to experts about mass starvation as a possible war crime and ask whether the world is desensitised to hunger.

On this episode of The Stream, we speak with:
Hakim Khaldi @MSF
Yemen project coordinator, MSF
https://www.msf.org/yemen

Afrah Nasser @Afrahnasser
Founding Editor-in-Chief, Sana'a Review
afrahnasser.blogspot.com

David Keen  
Professor of conflict studies, Department of International Development, LSE
lse.ac.uk

 

Read more:
Mass starvation is a crime - It’s time we treated it that way - Boston Review
Starving girl shows impact of Yemen war, economic collapse - Reuters

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