A sort of two month truce Brings some hope to Yemen. The UN-brokered deal between the Saudi-led coalition and Yemen’s government and Iran-aligned Houthi rebels is a step toward ending a conflict that has left tens of thousands dead and millions starved important step.
The last time a nationwide cessation of hostilities was coordinated was during peace talks in 2016.
Although bombs have stopped falling, seven years of brutal conflict have taken a devastating toll on an already impoverished country and led to what the United Nations says is the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.
Since the outbreak of the war in 2015, the United Nations Development Programme estimates that more than 370,000 people have died, 60% of them from indirect causes such as lack of food, water and medical services.
Two-thirds of Yemenis are in need of humanitarian assistance and protection, and four million are internally displaced, according to the UN refugee agency.
Airstrikes and shelling have collapsed hospitals and schools, while food shortages – exacerbated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine – have affected more than 16.2 million Yemenis, more than 2.25 million children Suffering from acute malnutrition.
But behind the statistics, politics and headlines, what is the real life of the Yemeni people? With the Houthi-controlled north receiving a lot of attention, many people living in the country’s government-controlled south talk of facing an “economic war”.
As one Sanaa man who now spends most of his time in the South put it, “They bleed in the north – in the south we are bleeding lightly”.
It remains to be seen whether the current UN-brokered truce will lead to lasting peace in Yemen.
But despite the ongoing uncertainty, life goes on.
Children go to school, fishermen bring their catch, people wait in traffic jams, all hoping that Yemen will find peace and rebuild itself.