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The World Keeps Yemen Waiting With Deadly Results

The United Nations Development Program projects that the war in Yemen will have killed at least 377,000 people by the end of this year. That projection represents an increase of more than 140,000 over the previous year’s report. As in previous years, 60% of the war’s casualties have been caused by indirect causes of disease and starvation. According to the report, a staggering 70% of the total casualties are children under the age of five. The youngest and weakest members of the population are most at risk when a country is wracked by mass starvation and multiple epidemics, and they are the ones dying in huge numbers. These are the victims of an unnecessary military intervention and a man-made famine, and most of these deaths could have been prevented if Yemen’s humanitarian crisis had been dealt with the urgency that its severity required. Despite the much greater loss of life in Yemen in just the last year, the conflict and humanitarian crisis there have received even less attention than before.

Yemen has long been one of the most ignored stories in the world despite being one of the most important. One example of this is the total neglect of the war on Yemen by MSNBC in the last year. According to Adam Johnson, that network has not run a single segment on the war itself since last year’s presidential election. The only thing they covered was Biden’s announcement that he was ending support for Saudi coalition "offensive operations," but we now know that announcement didn’t mean much at all. That neglect is unfortunately not much worse than other outlets, which have returned to their pre-2018 pattern of paying little or no attention to a war that our government has supported for more than six and a half years. The reduced coverage might make some sense if the war had been winding down, but nothing of the sort has happened.