Manufacturing Disaster: War and Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen

Sama'a Al-Hamdani and Tasleem Mulhall speak at UCLA's Young Hall in a forum organized by The Markaz

On Thursday, September 27 at 7 pm, Yemen natives Sama'a Al-Hamdani and Tasleem Mulhall will help articulate the Yemen catastrophe from political and human perspectives, in a public forum presented by The Markaz and UCLA's Center for Near Eastern Studies. The forum is free to the public.* At UCLA Young Hall, on the southeast side of the campus— arrive early to park in Parking Lot 2 (off Hilgard). Young Hall CS76, 607 Charles E Young Drive East Los Angeles (Westwood). Interactive campus map.

The war waged by a Saudi Arabia-led coalition of Arab states against Houthi rebels fighting Yemen's government has brought Yemen to the brink of collapse. Famine and a cholera epidemic has turned Yemen into the world's worst humanitarian catastrophe of our time. More than 22 million people—three-quarters of the country's population— are in need of humanitarian assistance. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs estimates that three million Yemenis have been displaced, aggravating the worldwide refugee crisis. With the Saudi coalition blockade bringing Yemen's economy to a standstill, nearly two million children are suffering from acute malnutrition, according to UNICEF. 


The conflict in Yemen is viewed by some as revelatory of Saudi Arabia's cold war with Iran, as Iran supports the Houthi uprising. The United States government, meanwhile, has clearly picked sides, having provided arms and assistance to the Saudi war effort. As CNN pointed out on August 17, 2018, bombs manufactured by Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and General Dynamics have been showing up in the wreckage of war and in civilian carnage. Other western powers, including the UK and France, have also supplied the Saudi-led coalition with weapons and intelligence. And yet children continue to be among the most visible victims of this internecine conflict, which shows no signs of abating anytime soon.

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Sama'a Al-Hamdani is a Washington, DC-based independent political commentator and Yemen analyst who has been featured on international networks such as CNN, BBC, France 24 and Aljazeera. In the past year she has provided analysis for the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). Her work has been published in Almonitor, the LawFare blog (Brookings), The National (UAE), MENAsource (The Atlantic Council Blog), Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, Fikra Forum (The Middle East Institute Journal), Quartz Magazine, Yemen Observer, Yemen Times and several other prominent publications and academic Journals. She also writes the blog since 2010. She is a consultant for the Atlantic Council's Rafik Hariri Center and a Subject Matter Expert on Yemen who lectures at other think tanks, universities, and governmental institutions. Born in Yemen, Al-Hamdani is concerned with reclaiming the unique heritage and multifarious arts of what was described as Arabia Felix. A graduate of the George Washington University with a dual degree in Religion and Peace Studies and a minor in Women’s Studies, Al-Hamdani is president of the Yemen Cultural Institute for Heritage and the Arts.

Tasleem Mulhall is a Yemeni-British artist, feminist and activist, the first Yemeni woman artist to receive a major Mayfair exhibit and to be hailed internationally, represented by Saatchi Art. Mulhall has spoken out against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) at the International Women for Women and EBRD Conference and for the Safe Hands Foundation. She also speaks out against early childhood marriage, a fate she narrowly escaped herself. Mulhall has addressed MPs in the Houses of Parliament on many occasions, notably for a United Nations Human Rights Conference and for the United Peace Federation and The Unity of Faiths Conference. She is an ambassador for the British nonprofit Freedom Charity, and a spokesperson on child marriage for The Independent Yemen Group.

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  • September 27, 2018 at 7pm – 9pm
  • UCLA Young Hall CS76, 607 Charles E Young Drive East Los Angeles
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