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tv   Inside Story 2018 Ep 40  Al Jazeera  February 10, 2018 10:33am-11:00am +03

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on al-jazeera the inside story stench of done so much of. the nature news as it breaks the u.s. cut the funding has cemented the feeling here that the u.s. is now part of the problem and has picked the israeli side with details coverage the nigerian government insists negotiations are ongoing to secure the release of the girls and hundreds of others. from around the world three decades on chileans are still thinking about abuses but this time those committed by the church. the forgotten conflict forgotten people of the suffering has only during the war against both the rebels millions are facing famine disease and shortages what will it take for the international community to stop the barrage of bullets and bombs inside story.
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i'm. inside story from doha. suffering the world's largest humanitarian crisis caused by almost three years of civil war with similarly no end in sight to the hardship for millions of yemenis the proxy conflict is between the region's strongest powers iran and saudi arabia along with allies the u.n. says is along by the recent rise in fighting against eighty five thousand yemenis have been forced from their homes in the past the months yemen is fleeing their homes on a daily basis from towns and cities thais more than two million are displaced. usually without access to basic supplies. let's bring in
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our panel from. the editor of the yemen post from beirut the visiting fellow of the european council on foreign relations and also from some be among to a spokeswoman for the united nations high commission for refugees welcome to you or mrs started by asking miss moment of this we're talking about the worst humanitarian crisis the international community is dealing with since this is getting even worse give us an idea about how you're coping with this situation given of the limited resources you have and the ongoing violence well as you rightly said it's we're dealing with a humanitarian catastrophe in yemen where in a situation where twenty two million people out of a what relation of twenty nine million and now in need of humanitarian assistance because of the conflicts and needs are increasing every day every month every at last you know we have nineteen million people in need this year now we have twenty
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two million people in need so it we've been saying that as long as the conflict continues we just continue to see human and mentioning needs arise and though there's a mismatch between support for the humanitarian response and the situation on the ground so we're starting you know with two million people who have been displaced as a result of mysteries of more and we're also having to respond to the needs of about eighty five thousand people that have been displaced in the past two weeks alone and yet for us questioning the year was just three percent on a little rock military response in yemen so it was a huge mismatch between situation on the ground and support of the military response in yemen. some a small way for the millions of yemenis trapped in their own country dealing go to daily basis with danger with famine with disease with violence how do they see the situation how are they trying to do with it. hopeless millions of
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families right i know hopeless and the. it's very sad when you see for families entire families digging through garbage cans every day every hour in every corner so it's a heartbreaking to see these families and these children who are dying from hunger and the world sign and so right now people are very hopeless because of the international community is best has basically forgotten the yemeni crisis and the little aid that is coming into yemen is not enough or even ten percent of those who are suffering let alone the inflation of. the price hikes and prices for food goods . you know right now the airport be closed over all or almost sixteen months you know where the ports no food no aid and the added airstrikes coming down mainly killing civilians as of now at least thirty thousand civilians have paid the price of this dirty war in yemen and the world is basically giving a blind eye to these civilians who have nothing or no problem only that they were
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stuck in a proxy war between saudi arabia and iran and the yemen missa baron you name any any any case in yemen and it's in suppose lots of cholera outbreak the worst the catastrophe a humanitarian catastrophe it is the worse yet it begs the question why the international community is not doing enough to stop what's going on. and i think a key aspect of this has just been that the international media has not really viewed yemen as a priority over the past few years you've seen it consistently shelved for other crises particular in the region that are seen as more pressing so you know you see i for good reason obviously syria pushing yemen out of the headlines it awkward in yemen out of the headlines even libya and egypt to an extent pushing out of the headlines and let's face it yemen doesn't have the strong networks the strong
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activist aspirant cetera that other countries in the region do have so in a way you if you look diplomatically even if there is you know extremely positive humanitarian activity continue to yemen. it's not enough because unless you have the attention being taken on the political track when you have the numbers eighty percent of yemen is in need of food. in a even the greatest of humanitarian aid efforts will be insufficient. mrs munt to there's a recent outbreak of what is in southern parts of yemen there's also a push by government forces to take over areas it has a job and also in sabah we're talking about a situation where the potential for mess exists is that where we might see more problems for international aid agencies in the near future do you have any contingency plans for those areas. well we're saying that as a result of conflict all across the country people are fleeing from various regions
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or all across not east and west people are being as you mentioned on the border like only got nuts. if playing from the west coast in what data and times and also from the southeast and shop while people are just plain already i'm going to show to see that account notes and military needs might spread across the country and that's why we have been a situation where twenty million people are now in egypt humanitarian assistance so it's straining you know the military resources available to respond and in the absence of an ox is what it's very difficult to respond to now we're having to fill in the gaps because situation caused by conflict has resulted in a breakdown of essential states nerves as well and where also now are in a situation where my every move that being when we're seeing the situations iroh down whatever you know the u.n. has described the crisis in yemen as a manmade catastrophe twenty two million yemenis nationwide are in need but aid is on a trickling in the sand the blockade on yemen sealand and ports has made it difficult
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for help to arrive saudi arabia has said it's lift the restrictions famine is a major threat with seventeen million people without enough food or water and yemenis suffer the world's worst outbreak of cholera diphtheria is another concern there's not enough medicine to treat the sick many hospitals and health clinics have been bombed the us children agency unicef says five children on average have been killed or injured every day for the past three years mr smalley i mean yemenis when the debate the conflict who they blame for the atrocities and this humanitarian price they had to pay is that the saddle of coalition or the year manufactures themselves because they are the ones that initiative triggered this conflict that limit phase which are marshmallows aren't. passed in yemen that people are now are just trying to survive and not die so yes there are blame on all
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sides on the side of the conflict whether business or we don't listen whether that with the allies are all in charge of not reaching a political deal in yemen and this is why the millions of civilians are paying the price it's not time to up blame aside right now it's time to for the community to put an end to this war that's only putting more suffering on the civilians there who these are not suffering that somebody is suffering the financially but they're willing to continue long term so the only side that something right now are the civilians and as our your guest said before. those why this place right now our nation why where do you go from a dead zone to another dead zone even if you are displaced and you go to another area you are also fearing death or hunger and sometimes dying is it is easier for families than starving to death and for seeing that children starve to death as of right now over the last one hundred days no media outlet has been allowed into yet and this is one of the main reasons why yemen is a forgotten war four hundred days no international media locking the end to be
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a collision imposed t.j. our media siege on yemen so this is playing a major role for not giving the real picture of what's happening in yemen to be in touch community missa because about an almost seventy years ago yemenis took to the streets with high hopes that their uprising would lead to new vibrant democracy human and put an end to autocracy seven years later it's absolute nightmare scenario for for the yemenis and for the international community do you believe that the u.n. and the international community can help bring about a peace building scenario for yemen. well i mean i think at this point it's there's almost no other option i think if you look at the situation on the ground whether we're speaking of any of the various parties particularly you know for speaking of the who it is and their allies or for that matter of them it's allied to the government absent pressure. this conflict will continue you've
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reached a situation where you have this almost you know despite the fact that these sides are fighting each other a coexistence among he were lords who are all you know ironically making money out of one of the conflict as you know the yemeni people are starving to death so i think what you do need is some sort of concerted international effort taking into consideration the concerns of the coalition obviously. but to sort of broker some sort of realistic. peace deal that could end the conflict in some regard because unfortunately i think when you look at the numbers that yemen is seeing when you look at the scale of the humanitarian crisis and humanitarian steps are just going to be a drop in the bucket that's not to say that they're not pot positive and needed and if you look for example at the new plan that the coalition had put out increase of humanitarian access that's absolutely a tremendous step that being said. as long as you continue to have these sort of
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blockages implement various one part is an factions on yemen trade and its economy you're going to continue to see a situation where the numbers of impoverished yemenis will remain high despite any of the will of humanitarian aid. misspent to the u.s. says the yemenis one of the worst places in the world to be it's caused more than a half a million children affected by the cholera took in about also months tradition i mean when you look at this particular situation what is you concerned if the conflict continues over the next months. well the travesty in what's happening in yemen is that it's innocent people innocent men women and children who are not partaking in the conflict they're the ones paying the highest price civilians who are suffering and they're being injured. and suffering are preventable diseases from colorado not tertian we're seeing almost the rise as
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a consequence of the conflict so we will see the situation as long as the conflict continues situation the civilians the children and women the people who are particularly vulnerable the people who have to flee their homes it will get worse and we're very concerned and we're very concerned because we're going to see a situation where the majority population will be in need of age and those innocent civilians are the ones that are suffering rights. and generally the signs are governments said it would commit one point five billion dollars in aid to yemen we spent or supported. the yemen with almost a billion dollars you know during the last three years in the form of food security and have security been as you see this little more than fifteen chems in mareeba only in addition to. the other areas in the. parts of. miss little miss money this out is
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a saying that they will commit one point five billion dollars of humanitarian aid to yemen what do you think should come first aid or an immediate and to the fighting the eighty this useless civilians fifty to die what's the use of aid our or our financial health if they're bombarding our yemen day and night so their goal right now is to end the war it's very worrying and very sad to see that the internationally and abby un it specifically has done basically nothing over the last three hundred days are all more stuff eleven months to be no peace talks no are the asians or no negotiations this has led to a. long stellate in yemen peace talks now as a result next month you have a new u.n. envoy who will start from zero so it's basically prolonging the suffering of these and the civilians and over the last eighteen months no side has been able to gain ground only limited ghar gains out here and there but overall those sides have
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gained serious progress over the last eighteen months which result which shows that there's no way to end this war militarily it must happen soon before thousands of civilians fifty to die from hunger and about russian before it's too late mr baron i mean the u.s. is saying that he's committed to helping the yemenis in terms of humanitarian needs but at the same time if the strikes continue with the same scope that we're seeing isn't this something that which is likely just to further aggravate the situation for the millions of yemen is. well i mean i think it's difficult to sort of point fingers in a way there are so many fingers to point here. and you know the continuing continuing airstrikes and military offensives on the one hundred not positive but let's not forget the who these are besieging the city of ties just yesterday who shot and killed
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a prominent female lawyer there. you know let's let's not forget that even though it is much more difficult for a journalist to enter the country although it would be false to say that journalists have not been entering the country over the past hundred hundred fifty days the resist a very i mean there have been two significant press delegations to moderate just over the past four months but even if the there are this is being difficult to coalition measures let's not forget that the who things are also locking up journalists and civil society activists you know left and right so i think part of what's necessary is taking a sober minded look at you know at what effectively is going on and recognizing that no one side is going to. his going to emerge victorious in this conflict number one and number two that the longer this war continues. many of the worst elements within yemen and we're talking black market activists or sorry about market actors weapons smugglers etc will continue to be enriched which will make
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any sort of post conflict settlement all the more difficult. which comes down to the fact that humanitarian aid is great it's fantastic in efforts to increase humanitarian aid or laudable but obscene some sort of larger plan and strategy and you know agenda to deepen efforts to resolve the conflict in yemen and humanitarian aid will ultimately and unfortunately be on what yemen needs more than anything is not you know more aid what it needs is peace peace and aid mismo into i mean quite far out there are people who are desperate for treatment. and the can't afford to go to places to go over medicine the so scared sometimes to move for their own voters or some terms you and most of the aid agencies have to negotiate deals to be allowed safe passes into areas i mean against the backdrop of this very complex political security situation i mean what's
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next for you i mean what is what is your plan for for tomorrow if everything continues the same well every year it's getting worse and and really are you list you all number one minutes to be struck out on these humanitarian needs a growing and anyway that is really for a peaceful political solution because in the absence of peace and no matter how much we respond on the ground it will be futile if we continue to see more and more people in need every day normal people fleeing their homes more and more people trying from preventable causes so we're going to need a peaceful political solution and that has to be imminent and same time we need we need also support because we're exhausted here we don't have enough support for the managed care nurse and we can't then reach not people we can't really impact and save lives and as we could so we need more support for the humanitarian response and we need the international community to really turn to step up and and trying to make peace you know we need and into the conflict that's the only way that's really
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going to stop humanitarians missile missed money or two thousand and eleven hope was that yemen would be united vibrant democracy where people could enjoy more transparency now we're talking about a different reality the hope is control the north the secessionist now seem to have the upper hand in the southern part of the country places like thais are divided the hope is a one hand. government over how the on the other hand are we're talking about a yemen which is likely to become a fragmented nation. yemen will never return to how it was. and the millions in yemen don't care who controls. the territory whether it's if you have the allies of these or the allies of the governments who's giving more to this people who's helping the people the scariest thing about this war is that the
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word violations have become normal that's even internationally bjarne i give you get less attention because it's. it's happening on a daily basis from both sides both sides so this is the scary part and even those who are killing the civilians are also not getting more attention because they know that there is less. he's looking at them and that's why these violations are going to get me. to three years from now even if there is peace how will these millions of people stand up if you think that after this disastrous war that had them lose everything. lost loved ones are. hundreds of thousands of homes families have left their homes displaced so on everything they own the extreme poverty line that they've used it so it would take years and years even after the. the end of this war but it's important to end this war and out and the u.n. has to play a strong role and also negatively inside saudi that they do these that are also
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going to the u.n. a hard time sometimes you know in this to be doing the aid so it also both sides need to cooperate and need to open the door doors for each other understand that's the key bit of billions away from this oh yes but you then again war amongst yourselves a legacy there's a limit to go to mr barron what would you pick up i mean when if you if you were to ask all the parties to negotiate a settlement would you go back to the time of the transitional period in two thousand and thirteen fourteen was you start from where the whole thing is took over the capital into thousands of it because we seem to have a fast moving political reality and every day is a just a new story and you're not even yemen. indeed and i think that's a huge challenge facing the u.n. another part is they attempt to mediate the conflict yemen today is not yemen as it was in you know two thousand and eleven it was not how it was when the who this took over in two thousand and fourteen even the past year we've seen extremely
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significant political changes the emergence of new actors for example the southern transitional council. the re shifting of regional dynamics for example the city of madame emerging as a key population and economic center for the first time since you know roughly two millennia so that's a real question moving forward it's not just a matter when you have you know key actors like the u.n. the international the sitting down and trying to sort it out at this point it's not just a matter of how do we end this war it's also a matter of how do we acknowledge and take into account the new political social and economic realities that have emerged over the past two or three years and that's that's really part of the key challenge and it's not something that's i don't think getting enough discussion mrs munt i mean if you look at the figures of the international aid agencies is just really. portray a whole birth the reality this is one of the poorest nations on earth seventy
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percent almost eighty percent of the children of the families be live below the poverty line sixteen million yemenis need humanitarian assistance we're talking about one of the places where the potential for more explosive conflicts unlikely to continue in the coming days and weeks i mean what is you what what is your next move for for the humanitarian relief work in yemen. well look because of the sheer number of needs with twenty million people are effected by conflict and in need we've had to parasitize systems to those most vulnerable and so we're trying to reach those who are particularly vulnerable people who've had to flee their homes people who are who are really at a heightened risk that are home so it's not an easy choice but obviously in a situation like this no wherever wanted this sooner scale of suffering and also
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the lack of adequate support from the international community response in the access then we have to prioritize age but really now as you said right it's not as program we've seen eighty five thousand people displaced in just the past few weeks or so operatives really being able to assist those continuing to think there are as a result of intense iman's across the country they're trying that arms as your other guest said with nothing absolutely no possessions nowhere to go no where in yemen is sickly snakes that they may end up going to one of the locations again they're not legal and so we're trying to reach those who are really you know traumatized distressed really in need facing very very big second stetsons through no fault of their hands not parity it's really just an emergency system there is around the country just hope that the sufferings of the yemenis come turn and very very soon this month term. thank you very much indeed for your presence of for your
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