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Bombs, the Blockade, and the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen

Bombs, Blockade, Humanitarian Crisis Yemen

February 27, 2018

On February 22, 2018, a panel of experts discussed the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Yemen. A UNICEF Report says 9.6 million children (80% of all the children in Yemen) need humanitarian assistance, and the World Food Program predicts the deaths of 150,000 malnourished children in the next few months. The current cholera outbreak, a direct result of this siege, reached its millionth case and has been characterized as the worst and fastest spreading cholera epidemic in modern history. The panel attempted to address the following questions: Why is there so little discussion of the U.S. role in perpetuating this ongoing catastrophe? And what can we, as Americans, do about it?


  • Congressman Adam Smith, Congressional Representative, Washington’s Ninth District
  • Kate Kizer, Policy Director at Win Without War (formerly with Yemen Peace Project)
  • Kate Gould, Legislative Director for Middle East Policy at the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL)
  • Aisha Jumaan, Yemeni-American Activist, President of Yemen Relief and Reconstruction Foundation
  • Amy Hagopian, moderator, Associate Professor, School of Public Health, University of Washington

A recording of the event can be seen below. More information about the event can be found here.