Weekly News Update 6 September 2012

Highlights:
Rallying for Yemen in Riyadh
Atlantic Council Hariri Center — 4 September 2012
In previous Yemen donor conferences, a reticence among major donors to commit and deliver pledged funds surfaced due to the lack of clarity about how the funds would be used and a lack of accountability for disbursed money. The Yemeni government has taken this critique seriously and recognizes it must address donor’s legitimate concerns surrounding incompetence and corruption. To its credit, the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation delivered a comprehensive, two-year plan that details a nearly $14 billion Transitional Program for Stabilization and Development (TPSD) which includes specific initiatives to achieve four major goals: addressing macroeconomic stability, fulfilling urgent humanitarian needs, achieving security and the rule of law, and finalizing the peaceful transfer of power.  Notwithstanding the need for stronger mechanisms to ensure transparency and accountability for international funds, the two-year plan should instill some greater confidence that the government will invest donor dollars in a coherent way according to a government vision that was developed with input from the Yemeni private sector.

Drone Warfare in Yemen: Fostering Emirates Through Counterterrorism?
Middle East Policy Journal — Fall 2012
The extensive use of UAVs for executive executions and signature strikes with Yemeni government partners is a dangerous precedent that lends itself to the creation of local-emirate enclaves. The counterterrorism co-dependency between the weak central governments of failing states like Yemen and their U.S. sponsors is aimed at an al-Qaeda whose perceived global aim is a caliphate. The classical caliphate, of course, derives its legitimacy from the notion of succession; a caliph is a vehicle for concentrated authority, inherited from the prophet and ultimately the deity. But, theorists of counterterrorism have fetishized the notion of the international caliphate, much as many intellectually naive Islamist extremists do.

29 Dead in 8 Days as U.S. Puts Yemen Drone War in Overdrive
Wired — 5 September 2012
The U.S. has two separate drone campaigns underway in Yemen — one run by the CIA, the other by the military’s Joint Special Operations Command. Together, they’ve conducted 43 strikes since the start of 2011, according to a Long War Journal tally, killing 274 people in the process. Exactly how many of the 274 were militants is tough to tell; the U.S. “counts all military-age males in a strike zone as combatants,” the New York Times recently reported. As long as someone acts like a terrorists — whatever that means — he could be taken out in a so-called “signature” strike. Either way, the drones are only one facet of a much American broader war effort in Yemen. U.S. commandos stationed inside Yemen are helping government forces target their militant adversaries. American warplanes, based in neighboring Djibouti, are also flying missions over the country. The U.S. has acknowledged it will spend $112 million on military assistance to the Yemeni military for gear like night vision goggles and commando raiding boats. More than twice that amount will help fund nation-building there, to include “food vouchers, safe drinking water and basic health services,” according to top White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan.

Water:
Yemen’s water woes
Foreign Policy — 30 August 2012
Most potable water in Yemen is produced from a series of deep underground aquifers using electric and diesel-powered pumps. Some of these pumps are run by the government, but many more are run by private companies, most of them unlicensed and unregulated. Because of this, it is nigh on impossible to control the volume of water produced. By some (conservative) estimates, about 250 million cubic meters of water are produced from the Sanaa basin every year, 80 percent of which is non-renewable. In recent years, the businessmen who produce the water have had to drill ever-deeper wells and use increasingly powerful pumps to get the region’s dwindling water reserves out of the ground.

Donors/International Community:
Saudi conference pledges $6.4 billion for Yemen, struggling after year of internal turmoil
AP via Washington Post — 3 September 2012
An international donors conference in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday pledged an aid package of $6.4 billion to help poverty-stricken, strife-torn Yemen. Saudi state TV said that the kingdom’s share of the total is $3.25 billion, including a loan of $1 billion dollars to be deposited in the Yemeni Central Bank.

U.S. Aid to Yemen More Than Doubled This Year
Bloomberg — 4 September 2012
The U.S. has more than doubled its aid to Yemen this year to $345 million, said Rajiv Shah, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development. Of that total, $185 million is to support political transition, humanitarian assistance and development, Shah said in a speech whose text was distributed to reporters in the Saudi capital Riyadh today.

Warnings prior to Donors Conference
Yemen Times — 3 September 2012
The World Bank warned against huge dangers threatening the future of Yemen unless the international community takes action and supports Yemen’s economy. Yemen has been facing colossal social and economic challenges; more than half of its population lives on less than two dollars a day, according to a statement released by the bank ahead of the conference. The malnourished children exceed 50 percent, the second-highest malnourishment ratio in the world. Unemployment among youth reaches 40 percent, the statement said. The birth rate reaches 3.1 percent annually, one of the highest rates in the world; this results in huge pressures on the limited government resources, hindering the expansion of schools and basic services infrastructure, the World Bank’s representative in Yemen, Wael Zakout, said. “Our experience of the 2006 Donors Meeting taught us that while financial pledges are important, it is far more critical that the international community fulfill these pledges, and that the government implements the programs they fund in an effective and transparent way.” “This time we will have an agreement that clearly lays out the commitment of the transitional government to improve governance, to partner with the private sector and civil society, undertake necessary reforms, and put in place effective mechanism for the implementation of donor-supported programs,” the statement continued.

Yemen tested by Donors Conference
Yemen Times — 3 September 2012
For his part, Doctor Mohammed Jobran, an economics professor at Sana’a University, said Yemen didn’t go to Saudi Arabia to receive help from the donors. He said these countries have to pay what Yemen has spent in its “war on terror.” Jobran said Yemen sustained heavy losses due to efforts to eliminate Al-Qaeda from the country, efforts which caused the obstruction of economic development and investments in Yemen, halted gas and oil exports and resulted in Al-Qaeda’s control over several areas in Yemen. He said that, since 2002, Yemen has spent $5 billion to combat extremism. Mohammed Al-Sadi, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, said the country needs an additional $11 billion for adequate reconstruction and development post-last year’s uprising.

Fugitive U.S. businessman deported to UAE from Yemen
Reuters — 2 September 2012
Yemen has deported an American businessman back to the United Arab Emirates from where he fled last month after being freed on bail while facing embezzlement charges, his spokesman and a Yemeni security official said on Sunday. Zack Shahin, former chief executive of Deyaar one of Dubai’s biggest property developers, was detained in 2008 over embezzlement charges which he denied.

DPIC plans to sue, Yemen could owe $30 million
Yemen Times — 5 September 2012
An official source at the Ministry of Transportation said the Dubai Ports International Company (DPIC) is planning to file a lawsuit against the Yemeni government because of the termination of their contract last month. The source said Yemen’s government could compensate the company an estimated $30 million if DPIC wins.

Security:
Yemeni warplane misses target, kills 10 civilians: sources
Reuters — 3 September 2012
Ten civilians including a 10-year-old girl were killed in a Yemeni government air strike that had apparently missed its intended target, a car carrying Islamist militants, tribal officials and residents there said on Monday. The missile attack in a mountainous area in the centre of the country on Sunday prompted angry protests by relatives of the victims, residents told Reuters.

Yemen probes civilian deaths in apparent US drone strike
AFP via Google News — 4 September 2012
Yemeni authorities have sent tribal representatives to investigate civilian deaths in an apparent US drone strike targeting an Al-Qaeda commander, one of them told AFP on Tuesday. Three women and a child were among 14 people killed in Sunday’s strike near the town of Radaa, 130 kilometres (80 miles) southeast of Sanaa, targeting Al-Qaeda’s Abdelrauf al-Dahab who escaped unharmed. local officials said. Initial reports said the male dead were Al-Qaeda militants but other sources said they were fellow tribesmen of Dahab unconnected to the jihadist network.

U.S. drone kills five suspected militants in Yemen
Reuters — 2 September 2012
Five suspected militants linked to al Qaeda were killed by a U.S. drone attack on Sunday in central Yemen, in what appears to be stepped up strikes by unmanned aircraft on Islamists. The strike took place in the city of Radaa on a vehicle which was believed to be carrying militants, officials said.

U.S. drone strike kills 8 suspected militants: Yemeni officials
Reuters — 31 August 2012
Eight Islamist militants were killed by a U.S. drone strike on Friday in a remote part of Hadramout, a Yemeni official said, the third such strike in the eastern Yemeni province this week. Yemen’s defense ministry said on its website that eight al Qaeda members were killed in an air strike on their vehicle in the isolated, desert district of Hawra. The local official, who declined to be named, said it was a drone strike.

U.S. drone attack kills 5 suspected militants in Yemen
Reuters — 5 September 2012
Five suspected Islamist militants were killed in a U.S. drone attack on Wednesday in Yemen’s eastern province of Hadramout, a Yemeni security official said. The strike targeted a house where the suspected militants were hiding in the Wadi al-Ain area, said the security official. “Five militants were dead and three were injured and managed to escape”.

How Yemen May Defeat al-Qaeda
Time — 6 September 2012
It helped, too, that a national consensus had evolved about the danger AQAP presents to Yemen. Only a couple of years ago, many Yemenis thought the jihadists were America’s problem, not their own. But when AQAP seized a swath of territory in the southern province of Abyan, that delusion could no longer be sustained. Ruling much like Afghanistan’s Taliban, AQAP imposed a harsh interpretation of Islamic law on towns like Zinjibar and Jaar: the population responded by fleeing. Tens of thousands flocked to the port city of Aden, where their presence undermined the jihadists claim to being a popular movement.

Don’t drone on
The Economist — 1 September 2012
“Our people ask how these foreign planes have a right to come here and kill them, even if some of the people they kill are al-Qaeda,” says a friend of the sheikh, a smuggler. “The other thing is that they think the drones are taking photos of them and spying on them. Because of this, our people have finished with America. They see America as this,” he adds, making the letter X with his fingers. All the men on the cushions are convinced that drones photograph their wives, a vile insult in conservative Yemen.

Who is held to account for deaths by drone in Yemen?
The Guardian — 6 September 2012
There is also the issue of compensation. Yemen’s government has now ordered an inquiry into the Radaa bombing. Yet following the 2009 killing of 41 civilians relatives were compensated with just a few hundred dollars, after details of Centcom’s role were deliberately hidden from that inquiry. In contrast, US forces in Afghanistan not only admitted responsibility in a recent incident, but paid out $46,000 (£29,000) for each person killed and $10,000 for those injured.

Al Qaeda-linked militants killed in south Yemen
Reuters — 2 September 2012
Two al Qaeda-linked militants and a pro-government tribesman were killed in clashes in Yemen’s restive south on Sunday, a local official and a tribesman said. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has made its base in the impoverished state, which slid into chaos last year after protests that eventually forced veteran ruler Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down.

Drug smuggling busted at Sana’a Airport
Yemen Times — 3 September 2012
Security and customs apparatuses at Sana’a International Airport prevented the smuggling of more than one million illegal pills into the country Saturday. Naji Al-Muraqab, general manager of Sana’a International Airport, said the drugs arrived in the airport and were discovered inside steam laundries.

Governor of Aden Waheed Rasheed to the Yemen Times: “I assure you that Aden will be a safe city in the months to come”
Yemen Times — 3 September 2012
Aden governorate has witnessed several changes in security and services since President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi was inauguarated. Among these changes was appointing Waheed Rasheed as governor of Aden. He was appointed at a time during which Aden suffers from finding itself in a security vacuum, with disorder on several sides.

National Dialogue:
Yemen must end intimidation of southern activists
Amnesty International — 30 August 2012
Security forces in Yemen must stop targeting students and other political activists engaged in peaceful protests in the south of the country, Amnesty International said today. There are fears in particular that Aden University student activist Abdul Raouf Hassan Zain al-Saqqaf – who has already been arrested twice this year – may be at risk of arbitrary detention and torture or other ill-treatment before he sits an exam at his university on 3 September.

Carnival commemorates establishment of Southern Army, leads to peaceful protests
Yemen Times — 3 September 2012
Hundreds of the Southern Movement affiliates held a mass carnival Saturday in Al-Hashimi Square commemorating the 41st anniversary of the establishment of the Southern Army, which coincides with Sept. 1 each year. Leading figures of the movement, including Hassn Baom and former ambassador Ahmed Al-Hassani, were in attendance. “We are celebrating this day missing our independent state,” Mohammed Al-Maslmi, head of the preparatory committee, said. “However, our firm faith to restore the state of the south makes us steadfast about the demeaning of our rights.”

Assassination Attempt in Yemen Ignites Youth Protesters
Al-Tagheer via Al-Monitor — 30 August 2012
Yemen is experiencing new escalation as youth protest in several squares against the attempt to assassinate a leader of a major Yemeni political party, Yassin Saeed Noman, secretary-general of Yemen’s Socialist Party and an adviser to Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

Protestors vow to continue their ‘peaceful struggle’
Yemen Times — 5 September 2012
On Tuesday—one day after the defiant speech of ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh—tens of thousands of pro-democracy protestors staged a massive demonstration, calling for the prosecution of Saleh and his inner circle. The demonstration came after months of deteriorating activities in Sana’a’s Change Square.  “Today, the revolutionaries will convey a message that ousted President Saleh must be prosecuted, and his relatives must be forced from power,” Ahmed Abdul-Moghni, one of the participants in the demonstration, said.

Yemeni protesters demand prosecution of Saleh
Xinhua — 5 September 2012
Thousands of protesters have demonstrated in the Yemeni capital Sanaa to demand the prosecution of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh and members of his family. Protesters gathered in the city center, passing in front of Saleh’s home. Saleh stepped down as part of an UN-backed power transfer deal in return for immunity from prosecution. Weekly protests by youth groups demand that his successor, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, be held accountable for the killing of protesters during last year’s unrest. Although Saleh is no longer Yemen’s president, he is still the leader of the General People’s Congress Party, having great influence on politics in the country. During the 30th anniversary of the party on Monday, Saleh said it is impossible and unacceptable to separate Yemen, and his party will lead the way to maintain unity in the country.

New attack on Sana’a’s Change Square, three people injured
Yemen Times — 3 September 2012
Three people were injured in Sana’a’s Change Square on Monday in an attack by armed men on tents located on Al-Ribat Street. Fathi A-Shaibani, head of the Peaceful Youth Coalition’s Organizing Department, said approximately 35 people, armed and carrying sticks, attacked ten tents Monday and blocked the street.

The dialogue preparatory committee forms a working group for the drafting of the program for the national dialogue conference [Arabic]
Sahwa Net — 1 September 2012
The technical committee for the preparation of the national dialogue approved today in its meeting chaired by Doctor Abdul-Karim Al-Iryani a working committee of members for the drafting of a program of work for the national dialogue conference. The committee discussed a number of issues including the issue of the South, that of Sa’ada, the drafting of a constitution, the identity of the state, the shape of a political system, restructuring of the armed forces and security services, and the democratization of civil society through intelligent governance, as well as participation, transparency, accountability, the struggle against corruption and poverty, in addition to reform of the judiciary and civil reform, the participation of women in public life and decision-making positions, etc.

Hadi approves of Technical Committee recommendations
Yemen Times — 3 September 2012
Amal Al-Bash, spokeswoman for the Technical Committee, said in a previous statement to Al-Thawra newspaper that the Technical Committee delivered the suggested points to Hadi last week. The suggestions, she said, are capable of building a good atmosphere among Yemenis to commence the National Dialogue. Al-Basha also said the most important points of the southern issue is to return the “stolen land” and to follow up on the deported employees. She said apologizing for events in the south and in Sad’a and re-employing those who were deported as a result of the 2011 uprising are a start, adding that granting job vacancies to Sada’a employees is a good idea.

Yemen’s revolution in danger [Arabic]
Fahmy Howeidy’s blog — 3 September 2012
Although the situation changed to a great extent following the revolution (the president of the republic and the prime minister are from the South), this has not erased memories of injustice or residual bitterness. We are not able to predict the fate of the national dialogue conference, but I fear that the time to mend the rift with the South or the North has passed. And then, I hope that Yemen does not turn into Sudan with the secession of the South or Iraq with the semi-secession of the North.

Human Rights Minister says government to sign agreement on political detainees
Yemen Times — 3 September 2012
Minister of Human Rights Horia Mashhoor said the reconciliation government is planning to sign an international agreement with regard to political prisoners. The agreement is meant as an official bid to cast serious importance on this issue, taking into consideration hundreds of revolutionary detainees whose fates are thus far unknown, based on reports and lists received by the Interior Ministry. Hymayia (Protection)  Organization, in cooperation with the General Assembly of the revolutionary detainees, held a seminar Thursday titled, “Yemen’s Revolutionary Detainees, Unknown Fate, and Waiting for Justice.” During the seminar, Mashhoor said the ministry will continue looking for detainees who are compulsorily held because of their political views and support for the revolution; the search will go on until they are found and released, in addition to investigating torture offenses they sustained and referring the perpetrators to the courts.

Binomar to Sana’a to finalize new Transitional Justice Law
Yemen Times — 3 September 2012
Moneer Al-Saqqaf, manager of the Minister of Legal Affairs’ Office, said U.N. envoy to Yemen Jamal Binomar will arrive in Sana’a at the end of this week to discuss and to pass the Transitional Justice Law. Al-Saqqaf said he expects President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi to approve the law in the coming days, and from there the law will move to discussion in parliament. He said political parties will discuss reforming the Supreme Commission for Elections and Referendum and will prepare an electoral register. Mohammed Al-Mekhlafi, the minister of legal affairs, said in a press release that the law will include four parts. The first part includes revealing human rights violations in Yemen—including listening to victims, their relatives and witnesses; investigating the incidents; and establishing a national record for these violations as an example for future generations.

Future of GPC ambiguous
Yemen Times — 6 September 2012
For the first time, the General People’s Congress (GPC) celebrated the anniversary of its establishment in a state of extensive security procedures and the absence of coverage by government media outlets. The celebration came following the popular 2011 revolution that resulted in the ouster of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who remains the head of the GPC. After the revolution, Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi, the former vice president, was elected Yemen’s newest leader. Hadi is now the president of the country and the deputy head of the GPC.

Sana’a plans to improve services
Yemen Times — 3 September 2012
Sana’a leadership created an urgent plan Saturday to provide all the basic services for residents such as water, electricity and street light maintenance, in addition to improving health and service facility performances. Currently, Sana’a is witnessing improvements made to some streets after being exposed to damages during last year’s political uprising.

Health:
Health insurance plan approved, nears implementation after 20 years
Yemen Times — 5 September 2012
The Ministry of Public Health and Population has embarked on completing the procedures to form the new health insurance law prepared, discussed and agreed upon by the cabinet. Ahmed Al-Kharasani, a member of the preparatory committee for implementing the health insurance law, said the health insurance system would effectively provide health insurance for insured government employees. He said the law would help protect locals against the dangers of disease.

Economy/Governance:
Marib pipeline attacked yet again
Yemen Times — 5 September 2012
An oil pipeline in Marib was again exposed to acts of sabotage Tuesday night due to an attack carried out by armed men belonging to the Abida tribe. Nasser Mohtam, a public figure in Marib, said a person named Al-Aji Kalfoot, who is from the Al-Damasheqa district in Marib, carried out the attack. He said that a fire raged in the area, and large quantities of oil leaked out. Sheikh Sultan Al-Arada, Marib’s governor, said he thinks the attack was politically motivated, since it coincided with the Donors Conference in Riyadh and also the thirtieth anniversary of the establishment the General People’s Congress, the party of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh and current President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi.

Yemen LNG denies latest pipeline blast reports
Reuters — 4 September 2012
The pipeline feeding gas to Yemen’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal was not blown up on Tuesday morning, the terminal operator said, dismissing earlier reports of an explosion on the frequently attacked supply line. ”

Yemen LNG Company denies the news of a pipeline sabotage that was reported by some press agencies this Sept. 4,” the company run by France’s Total said on its website. “LNG production is running on two trains at the Balhaf LNG plant and all the upstream facilities and the pipeline are in service at nominal capacity.” State-run Chinese news agency Xinhua said on Tuesday that suspected Islamist militants had bombed the pipeline early on Tuesday, citing an unnamed security official.

Yemen LNG reopens after feed pipe repairs
Reuters — 3 September 2012
Yemen’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal reopened at the end of August after the pipeline that feeds it gas was repaired following an attack, Yemen LNG said. The pipeline that feeds gas into Yemen’s largest industrial facility was last blown up on Aug. 21.

Yemen registers highest car-accident death toll in 10 years
Saba Net — 1 September 2012
Some 302 people were killed throughout the country due to car accidents occurred in last August, the interior ministry said on Saturday. The death toll was the highest in the previous ten years, a report issued by the ministry said.

Inbound tourism crippled in Yemen
Yemen Times — 3 September 2012
Although Yemen has many historic, civilized tourist attractions, Yemenis forsake several places, particularly since the breakout of last year’s political uprising. “Travel and tourism agencies almost shut down due to the fragile inbound tourism,” Abdulrahman Al-Yarimi, deputy manager of Bazara’a Travel and Tourism Agency, said.

Yemeni businesswomen take initiative
Al-Shorfa — 4 September 2012
The Small Enterprise Development Fund in Aden gave loans worth 15 million Yemeni riyals ($70,000) to 59 women in the first seven months of the current year, according to the fund’s branch director in Aden, Adnan Mohamed Hafeez. This is compared to 53 projects run by men, which is “an advancement for women for the second year running”, he said. According to Hafeez, the loans allowed women to open profitable small enterprises in areas related to crafts, computer maintenance, incense manufacturing and more. The projects are expected to generate jobs for 700 male and female workers in the province, he said.

A report considers unemployment in Yemen a basic challenge and calls for the government to create job opportunities [Arabic]
Sahwa Net — 2 September 2012
A new scholarly report confirmed that the phenomenon of unemployment is one of the most important challenges Yemen politically, economically, and socially. Its percentage is between 35 and 50 percent. Among youth 16-25 years old, this percentage is greater and reached 73.3 percent during 2007-08. The report issued by the Center for Social and Economic Development Research stated that the average yearly growth of unemployment is 4.1 percent, which is much higher than the global level, and it is higher than the growth of the labor force by 3.1 times. The report asked for the Gulf states to open their labor markets to Yemeni workers to assist Yemen in overcoming its crises. The report said that more than 80 percent of the visiting workers hold less than secondary diplomas, 8.5 percent have high school degrees, and about 10 percent have higher degrees. The report revealed that the majority of workers visiting the Gulf states are from Asian countries (71 percent), while the percentage of Arab workers is 23 percent.

Vendors profit from Change Square
Yemen Times — 6 September 2012
“Change Square provided work for many youth to make money because only a tent is needed. People don’t have to rent stores,” Al-Salamani said. Street vendors spread across the square. They regularly move between tents. They sell drinking water, cucumbers, snacks, ice cream, tea, coffee, power drinks and qat. Sellers in the square don’t pay taxes or market fees, which are taken by private citizens and don’t go to the government. This attracted many people.

Rotta Development Association endeavors to empower those youth, women left marginalized
Yemen Times — 6 September 2012
High numbers of marginalized people in Yemen are unable to pursue their educations. This inability is attributed to the harsh living situation they find themselves in. Some dedicate their time to find ways to earn money and to seek a living. Among them are the orphans who are unable to attend school. In a bid to improve the lives of these orphans and to change their circumstances, a group of marginalized youth established the Rotta Development Association four months ago as a way to help marginalized people—particularly women and children—to continue their educations.

Media:
Journalists reject old media bill, embark on building new media bill
Yemen Times — 5 September 2012
On Tuesday, Yemeni journalists canceled the visual and audio media project bill, deeming it a provocative paper that cannot fulfill the demands of Yemeni media given recent developments. The bill, prepared by Parliamentarians Against Corruption and the Journalists Syndicate, comprises of 57 items organizing the broadcast of material and programs through electromagnetic currents, radio currents or any other technology that enables the audience to receive signals.

TEDX:
TEDxSana’a conference looks to welcome Yemeni creativity
Yemen Times — 3 September 2012
After Yemen obtained permission to hold the TEDxSana’a Conference by the international TED Organization more than one month ago, conference organizers endeavor to make it the most prominent conference and the first of its kind in Yemen. Event organizer Mazin Al-Habashi said the conference will attract a sea of talents in diverse fields including medicine, art, science, music, society, technology and sports. High-quality video recordings will be shown to the audience during the conference, and the videos will be handed over to TED Sana’a in order to provide participants with the opportunity to reach a worldwide audience, Al-Habashi said.

Humanitarian Challenges:
Head of Humanitarian Forum Ahmed Al-Sharaji to the Yemen Times
Yemen Times — 30 August 2012
Conflicting reports about the reach of Yemen’s humanitarian problems continue, with some saying the crisis is overrated and others saying the crisis will soon be alleviated. Ahmed Al-Sharaji, executive manager of the Humanitarian Forum in Yemen, said the situation in Yemen is caused by an accumulation of difficulties over the past years, not just by the recent crisis. Al-Sharaji played down the significance of recent reports suggesting Yemen is on the verge of collapse or civil war.

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