VOMENA: September 9, 2015

The Humanitarian Catastrophe in Yemen

yemen-bombing_3251011bThree years after a popular uprising forced an end to Ali Abdullah Saleh’s 33-years of autocratic rule in Yemen,  the country is embroiled in a bitter civil war and is the target of a Saudi led military intervention. The ongoing conflict has catastrophic consequences for the population.  It has been more than five months since the Saudi led regional coalition began a bombing campaign,  coupled with an air and naval blockade of Yemen, ostensibly to force out Houthi forces and their allies and restore the government of Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who  had assumed power in the wake of  Saleh’s departure. Reports indicate that upwards of 4,500 have been killed in the fighting so far, at least 500 of  them children. 21 million Yemenis are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance now, the highest number anywhere  in the world.

This week, we’ll have a conversation with San’a-based political analyst Hisham Al- Omeisy about the ongoing ramifications of the seemingly unending  war in his country of Yemen. (photo: telegraph.co.uk)

Golden Thread’s Re-orient Festival

In 2016, the Bay Area based theater company,  Golden Thread Productions will celebrate its 20th anniversary. For almost two decades, Golden Thread Production has created a space for cultural exchange, while exploring the diverse Middle Eastern cultures and identities. From  September 10th to Oct 4th  Golden Thread’s Re-orient 2015, will bring to stage eight short plays  in two repertory series from around world. Torange Yeghiazarian, Artistic Director of Golden Thread Productions will tell us about Re-Orient 2015, a festival of short plays which kicks off tomorrow and runs through October 4th at Z below in San Francisco. 

Additional Information

BBC on the “humanitarian catastrophe” in Yemen

The Guardian’s coverage of the Yemeni War 

Golden Thread’s Web Page 

 

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