Yemen is in the midst of a full-blown humanitarian crisis
With arm sales intelligence and refueling operations in the ongoing civil war in Yemen for the government is fighting Iranian backed with rebels the bombings there have left large numbers of civilian casualties. The charity save the children estimates. Average of one hundred forty children have been killed every since the beginning of the study led coalition strikes against Yemen is now in the midst of a full blown humanitarian crisis, malnutrition and disease are rampant children are starving to death. But not for food scarcity. The markets are full instead they are wasting away for lack of purchasing power. The economy has collapsed in this pediatric ward. In Auden, every room tells a version of the same story eleven month old Melita, Al haad clinging to life, weighing only seven pounds. She's just one of the seventeen million Yelm. Who aren't getting enough food to survive, but the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamaica Shoghi a month ago in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul has shifted some things in the relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia, and it has prompted some key people in Washington to question US support for the war and Yemen here secretary of defense James Mattis, speaking of the us institute of peace earlier this week we've got to move toward a p Scheffer here enemy catch say we're going to do it sometime in the future. We need to be doing this in the next thirty days, we've admired problem for long enough down there. We wanted to get a sense of how devastating life is for Yemenis now, and how the midterm congressional elections might affect US policy. More here to help us sort out. These questions is a unit Craig she's a British Irish freelance journalist who lived in Yemen for several years and still makes regular trips. Back welcome. Hi, sharon. How are you? I'm well. Thanks so much for joining us. Actually want to start with what drew you to Yemen in the first place because actually your time in Yemen starts before this conflict. What was really curiosity that took me there in the first place? I didn't get into journalism until I was in my thirties. And I wanted to was wants to be in the region. My father had worked in the Middle East most of his life, but very much on the different side of the fence, the one that I find myself on now he works in in investment banking, but also with the ministry of defence in the UK on on on sales to Saudi Arabia and the Gulf actually, but that meant I was had an interest in the Middle East. And when I started in journalism, it was my aim to base myself out in the region, but I didn't wanna be whether a lot of other journalists, and there are a lot of journalists in places like Beirut and Cairo and its tumble. So yeah, I just became curious about Yemen. And I decided to go and seal the kind of Yemen expert'll specialists in London that took all of about today because few and. So yes when I'd finished a journalism school. I three months later took myself off to Yemen in October twenty ten and then of course, within two three weeks arriving those. Beja security instant with the parcel bomb. Plotters is now known when I'll fight or in the Arabian peninsula in Yemen, put bombs on planes bound for the US. So that was quite a read awakening to reporting on them.