Was Yemen the Most Important Story of 2017 and Why Was it Under-Reported?

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2017 was a year which was dominated by the new US President Donald Trump, a General Election in the UK and the ongoing Brexit negotiations, terror attacks in Britain, and the crisis in North Korea. But why did Yemen not get a look in, considering it is the biggest humanitarian disaster on the planet?

The year’s news was dominated by the shockwaves produced by the new US President, Donald Trump, who was in the headlines for his clashes with Kim Jong-un, his demands for increased NATO spending, his trashing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and his support for Jerusalem becoming the capital of Israel.

Brexit and its ramifications, including a bungled snap general election called by Theresa May, dominated headlines in the UK while terror attacks and a general sense of paranoia spread across Europe, the United States and even as far as Australia.

In Iraq the war against Daesh was officially declared to be over earlier this month while the movement, also known as ISIS, has all but been driven out of Syria too and the government of President Bashar al-Assad has regained control of most of the country. 

Project Censored published a list of 25 stories which had been under-reported or even covered up by the mainstream media in the US.

21 Million Yemenis In Need of Humanitarian Assistance

But there is one story which has not been given the news coverage in mainstream media that it surely deserves — the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

According to the UNHCR, there are now 1,439,100 internally displaced people in Yemen and it is 82 per cent of Yemen’s population — a total of 21.2 million people — is in need of humanitarian assistance.

 In this photo taken on Thursday, Jun 29, 2017, an elderly woman is treated for suspected cholera infection in a tent at a hospital in Sanaa, Yemen, Saturday, Jul. 1, 2017
In this photo taken on Thursday, Jun 29, 2017, an elderly woman is treated for suspected cholera infection in a tent at a hospital in Sanaa, Yemen, Saturday, Jul. 1, 2017

Around 320,000 children are severely malnourished and 14 million people are worried about where they will get their next meal.

Three million children and pregnant or nursing mothers are in need of treatment and almost two million children are not receiving an education because of the war.

Islamic Relief, a UK charity which raises money to help refugees in Yemen, said Thursday, December 21, had been the 1,000th day of the conflict.

“The humanitarian situation in Yemen continues to deteriorate as the country faces the most serious outbreak of cholera ever recorded. Millions of Yemenis have no access to clean drinking water or sanitation,” said Tufail Hussain, UK Deputy Director of Islamic Relief.

“Yemen is on the brink of famine, and millions of women, children and men face starvation. Around half a million children under the age of five are severely malnourished and may die. We ask that all humanitarian agencies working in Yemen are given unhindered access and allowed to distribute urgent food and medical supplies to save lives,” added Mr. Hussain.

Who’s Who in the War in Yemen

So what exactly is going on in Yemen?

The government of President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi is recognized by the majority of the world’s nations but it is at war with the Houthi rebels, who are reportedly getting military support from Iran.

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