A Divided Yemen

            After more than two years of turmoil in Yemen, the former president Ali Abdallah Saleh was killed on December 4, 2017, by Houthi rebels. The president was overthrown in 2012 after ruling the country for thirty-three years. Since the beginning of the war, more than 9000 people were killed. Yemeni population has been living through conflict, aerial bombardment, and total destruction. The war seems impossible to solve in a diplomatic way and is affecting more and more civilians. Yemeni population is caught in an everlasting conflict, being hit by the famine and terrible sanitary issues.

        Ali Abdallah Saleh had taken the head of North Yemen since 1978 before becoming president of a united Yemen back in 1990. The Yemeni crisis began in February 2012 in the wake of the Arab Spring. The president had no choice but to give up power under the pressure of the people and the international community. Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi succeeds him after his victory in the presidential election of 2012, for a transition period of two years. Recognized by the international community, the new president struggled to stabilize the country and recover economically. Exiled in Saudi Arabia since 2015, the Yemeni Head of State is accused of prolonging the war for the benefit of his entourage, suspected of corruption. From the residence where the Saudi monarchy hosts him, the Yemeni president observes the dislocation of his country, totally helpless. 

Picture: A fighter from the Popular Resistance Committees, supporting forces loyal to Yemen’s Saudi-backed President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, gestures during a graduation ceremony in the country’s third city Taez, on January 17, 2018. / AFP / Ahmad AL-BASHA.

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