Review: The agony of Yemen’s ‘forgotten’ war

This sensitive oral history of the conflict’s early years forgoes political analysis to reveal the suffering endured by all Yemenis, says Helen Lackner.

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Helen Lackner

Author, 'Yemen in Crisis, Devastating Conflict, Fragile Hope and Yemen: Poverty and Conflict'

What Have You Left Behind? 
Bushra al-Maqtari (translator Sawad Hussain), Fitzcarraldo Editions, £12.99

The conflict in Yemen, when mentioned at all, is often described as the ‘forgotten’ war. It is taking place in a remote, largely unknown country and lacks features that would attract western attention. The country has few hydro-carbon resources, and few Yemenis appear in the large numbers of refugees heading to Europe. The influence of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates – the main external states involved – discourages public attention.

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