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Yemen’s Reality: Cholera, Starvation and Civil War

Chatham House, London


Nawal Al-Maghafi, News Correspondent, BBC

Rachel Thompson, Research Associate, Centre on Global Health Security, Chatham House

Chair: Omar Mashjari, Executive Director, Adalah Yemen


In 2015, Saudi Arabia and its allies launched an air campaign in support of Yemen's internationally recognised government, against the Houthi insurgency. Two years later, 10,000 people have been killed, many more wounded and millions of civilians have been displaced or made homeless, leaving them without food or basic resources and at risk of serious disease.

With over half a million recorded cases of cholera and millions of people on the brink of famine, a new BBC documentary has sought to map the impact of Yemen’s civil war. 

Following the screening of this short film, our panel will discuss the issues it raises, asking serious questions about the role to date of the international community in trying to stop the war and put an end to one of the world’s most pressing humanitarian disasters.