„Yemen, the Forgotten War“ (9th May 2018)

On 9th May 2018, the JCRS had the pleasure of hosting Laura Silvia Battaglia Al-Jalal, an Italian freelance journalist living between Italy and Yemen. She is considered one of the most prominent experts on the Middle Eastern conflicts, in particular on the War in Yemen. Together with Dr. Davide Tacchini, she held a workshop focussed on the current situation in Yemen. The opening question was whether we should talk about a forgotten, or rather about a hidden war: the current humanitarian tragedy in Yemen is not so well covered by the media   mainstream, such as other conflicts. Yemen is the poorest country in the Middle East, and furthermore many areas are affected by the presence of Al-Qaeda and Radical Muslim Groups, such as the ones in the City of Maqalla.

Laura Silvia Battaglia highlighted how the situation is worsening every day: around 15 million people do not have access to health care service, and children are the ones who suffer the most from this situation. Through a video, we could see the bad conditions in the hospitals and the problems of malnutrition and the plague of human trafficking on the border with Saudi Arabia.

The JCRS thanks warmly Dr. Davide Tacchini and Laura Silvia Battaglia for organising such a successful workshop: it gave the JCRS members the opportunity to meet an expert on Yemen, and to get a better understanding of its current situation.

Here some some moments of the workshop

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