by Marwa Baabbad


Yemen is going through the most severe crisis in its modern history. In some analysis and media reports, the Yemeni conflict, which is labelled as ‘The forgotten war’, is narrated as a sectarian war. However, this is not necessarily accurate. If we were to understand the nature of Yemen, one should go back to the country’s political and social structure to study the trends and changes that happened during several periods of the country’s recent history; sectarianism was never an issue.

Through this series, we are providing a platform for a number of Yemeni development practitioners, an entrepreneur, and an artist who are experiencing the conflict. Wars reframe power structures and rules as well as cultural limitations; there can be some openings alongside the long list of losses. This platform aims to showcase the challenges that are faced by these practitioners and the rest of the Yemeni people, while also providing narratives of resilience and hope. These stories present inside views on a conflict that is often portrayed from an outsider-crisis perspective. 

Gate of Aden Port, destroyed during the conflict in 2015. © Karam Kamal

Gate of Aden Port, destroyed during the conflict in 2015. © Karam Kamal

Contributions include: 

MarwaMarwa Baabbad is a Chevening Scholar pursuing her Masters degree in Post-War Recovery Studies at the University of York. As part of her degree she is currently undertaking a work placement period at the LSE Middle East Centre. Prior to that, she worked with Saferworld leading on youth and Gender Peace and Security projects in Yemen. Marwa tweets @mabaabbad.

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