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tv   Inside Story 2018 Ep 40  Al Jazeera  February 10, 2018 2:32pm-3:00pm +03

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hundred fifty korean war. there in germany is making the first official visit by an indian prime minister to the palestinian territories he's meeting palestinian president mahmoud abbas the trip to the west bank as part of a three nation tour to strengthen ties with the middle east donald trump has blocked the release of a democratic party rebuttal to a republican memo one russian meddling in the election the bloc no challenges last week's republican memo which accuse the f.b.i. and justice department of bias against from former fog rebels in colombia have suspended their campaigns to be elected because of threats by angry mobs now coldly calm an alternative revolutionary force political party leaders urge the government to ensure their safety fock fighters handed over their weapons last year and became a political party after a peace deal ended fifty years of civil war. many colombians continue to reject the peace means well those are the headlines the news continues here on al-jazeera
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after inside story staging them so much and by foot. the forgotten conflict and forgotten people of the suffering has only increased during the song war gas for the rebels millions are facing famine disease and widespread shortages what will it take for the international community to stop the barrage of bullets and bombs this is inside story.
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this is inside story from doha the 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 a police eighty five thousand yemenis have been forced from their homes in the past two months yemenis fleeing their homes on a daily basis from towns and cities are they then thais more than two million displaced. usually without access to basic supplies let's bring in our panel. from. the editor of the yemen post from beirut the visiting fellow of the european council on foreign relations
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and also from some of the 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 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 have cherry needs arise and though
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there's a mismatch between support for the military response and the situation on the ground so when suddenly 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 of ons available manager response in yemen so it was a huge mismatch between situation on the ground and more of the military response in yemen. to some a small way for the millions of yemenis trapped in their own country dealing got a 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 harsh embark millions of families right i'm not hopeless at r. and b. m. and r. . it's very sad when you see for families entire families digging through garbage
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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 any 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 stuck in a proxy war between saudi arabia and iran and the yemen missa baron you name any
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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 shelves for other crises particular in the region that are seen as more pressing so you know you see five for good reason obviously syria pushing yemen out of the headlines it awkward yemen out of the headlines even libya and egypt to an extent pushing on out of the headlines and let's face it yemen doesn't have the strong networks the strong optimus diaspora etc 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
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humanitarian activity continuing 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. you know even the greatest of humanitarian aid efforts will be insufficient. mrs munt there's a recent article voters in the southern part of yemen there's also a push by government forces to take over areas in her day. and also in saddam we're talking about a situation where the potential for mass exodus is there where we might see more problems for international aid agencies in the near future do you have any contingency plans for those areas where we're seeing that as a result of conflict all across the country people are fleeing from various regions or all across not a south and west people are being as you mentioned on the border like only got nuts and altschul. if men from the west coast in what data and times and also from the
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southeast and shop while people are just name already i'm going to show to see that a complex 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. 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 not surge 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 force has made it difficult 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
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yemenis suffer the world's worst outbreak of cholera diphtheria is another concern there's not enough bed. into tree of the sick many hospitals and health clinics have been bombed the u.s. children agency unicef says five children on being 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 have to pay is that assad and his coalition or the yemeni thousands themselves because the of the ones the initiative triggered this conflict the learning phase he has passed in yemen that people are now are just trying to survive and not die so yes they are blaming all sides on the side of the conflict whether business always listen whether that with the allies are all in charge of not reaching
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a political deal in yemen and this is why the millions of civilians are paid 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 saudi is suffering the financially but they're willing to continue long term so the only side got something right now are the civilians and as our your guest said before. those why this place right now our nation wide 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 easier for families than starving to death and for seeing that children stuck to that as of right now over the last one hundred days no media outlet has been allowed into yemen this is one of the main reasons why yemen is a forgotten war for hundred days no international media lock in yemen to be a collision imposed teach our media shoot on yemen so this is playing a major role for not giving the real picture of what's happening in yemen to the
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international community missa because about an almost seventy years ago yemenis took to this race with high. the uprising would lead to new vibrant democratic yemen and put an end to all talk was he seven years later it's absolute nightmare scenario for for the yemenis and for the international community do you believe that the u.s. and the international community can help bring about a peace building scenario for yemen but 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 reached a situation. where you have this almost you know despite the fact that
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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 positive and needed and if you look for example the new plan that the coalition had put out increase a humanitarian access that's absolutely a tremendous step that being said. as long as you continue to have these sort of blockages improve my various one part is an factions on yemen trade and its economy
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you're going to continue to see a situation where the numbers of impoverished yemenis. we remain high despite any level of humanitarian aid. to the us says that yemen is one of the worst places in the world to be a child's more than a half a million children are affected by cholera we're talking about also man the 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 cholera are not nutrition we're seeing almost in rice as a consequence of the conflict so we will see the situation as long as the one thing continues the situation the civilians the children and women of the people who are
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particularly vulnerable the people who had to flee their homes it will get worse and we americans are very concerned because we're going to see a situation where the majority population will be needed a change and those innocent civilians are the ones that are suffering lives rights . in general the sons of government 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 that at more than fifteen comes in mareeba only in addition to. the other areas in other. parts of. miss little miss money this out is 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
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fighting the eighty this useless civilians that if you die what's the use of aid our or our financial health if they're bombarding 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 when it's specific has done basically nothing over the last few 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 innocent 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 gained serious progress over the last eighteen months which result which shows that there is no way to end this war militarily it must happen soon before thousands of
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civilians just need to die from hunger out about mission before it's too late mr barron 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 a prominent female lawyer there. but 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
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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 tomato just over the past four months but even if they there are this is being difficult to coalition measures let's not forget that the who these 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 book 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 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
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humanitarian aid or laudable but obscene some sort of larger plan and strategy and you know agenda too deep in efforts to resolve the conflict in yemen and humanitarian aid will ultimately unfortunately be on what yemen needs more than anything is not you know more aid what it needs is peace peace and aid miss menta i mean quite far out there are people who are desperate for treatment. and the can't afford to go to places together medicine the source care sometimes to move from 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 next for you i mean what is what is your plan for for tomorrow if everything continues the same well
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every year it's getting worse and really are you list you've 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 that 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 carriers 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 going to stop humanitarian. missile missed molly a two thousand and eleven hope was that yemen would be united vibrant democracy
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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 and the internationally recognized government of 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 you have the allies of these or the allies of the governments who's giving more to this people who is helping the people the scariest thing about this war is that the word violations have become normal that's even internationally bjarne i give you get less attention because it's. it's happening on
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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 giving more attention because they know that there is less. just 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 losing everything. lost loved ones are. hundreds of thousands of homes families have left their homes displaced sold 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 of the u.n. have to play a strong role and also negatively inside saudi that they do these that are also going to be you had a hard time sometimes you know in this to be doing the eight so also both sides need to cooperate and need to open the door doors for each other understand that's
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the key bit of billions away from this oh yes but you then again war amongst yourselves i love this if there's a limit to go to miss a barren 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 a thousand of it because we seem to have a fast moving political reality and every day's it's just a news story and you know it's even yemen. indeed and i think that's a huge challenge facing the u.n. another part is they attempt to mediate the conflict in yemen today is not yemen as it was in you know two thousand and eleven it was not how it was and when the who this took over in two thousand and fourteen even the past year we've seen extremely significant political changes the emergence of new actors for example the southern transitional council. there are
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a 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. internationally 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 on the ground this is one of the poorest nations on earth seventy percent almost eighty percent of the children of families be live below the poverty line sixteen million yemenis need humanitarian assistance we're talking
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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 infected by conflict and in need we've had to hire systems to those most vulnerable and so we're trying to reach those who are particularly vulnerable people who 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 the lack of adequate support from the international community response and the access then we have to prioritize age but really now as you said right it's not as
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program we've seen eighty five thousand people displaced in just the past few weeks or so operatives we reach 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 to see clearly snakes that they may end up playing 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 her instances through no fault of their hands not parity it's really just an emergency system for those around the country just hope for the sufferings of the yemenis come turn and very very soon mr man term mr battle thank you very much indeed for your presence of for your contribution to the show and thank you too for watching you can see the program again any time by visiting our website dot com for further discussion go to our
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provoked it's all about eyes people to setting the stage for a serious debate up front at this time on al-jazeera. and monday put it on. us and british companies have announced the biggest discovery of natural gas in west africa but what to do with these untapped natural resources is already a source of heated debate nothing much has changed they still spend most of their days looking forward to for dry river beds like this one five years on the syrians still feel battered or even those who managed to escape their country haven't truly been able to escape the war. well if we cannot have palestina my government was suddenly not allowed britain to control french palestine would be an outrage but then we need to find another solution before we come to blows more than a century ago britain and france made a secret deal that would influence the shape of the middle east for more than
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a century to come and so. now we can durham a. psych speak out lines in the sand at this time on al-jazeera. i really felt liberated as a journalist was. getting to the truth as i would that's what this job. i'm sam is a than with a look at the headlines here now to syria now israel believes it's fine to jet that crashed was most likely shot down by syrian forces though it's still unconfirmed syria says it was responding to an israeli act of aggression israel had earlier reported downing and rainy and drone that had strayed into its.

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