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Newsletter 23

Two dates are important for the most recent developments in Yemen:  the 21st September, when the third anniversary of the Houthis march-in into Sana´a was celebrated, and the days since 17th September, when the UN Plenary Meeting takes place in New York.

The manifestation organised by the Houthis on Sabain-deployment place in Sana´a has been a conclusive proof of an evaluation completely out of touch with reality of the “International Community” in respect of the situation in Yemen. While Abdrubbah Mansur Hadi, the „internationally recognized president“, who has been a president without people and without a country for the past three years, in the UN plenary session in New York is permitted to request the expulsion of “ insurgents“ by means of military action in a statement broadcast worldwide, tens of thousands Yemenis keep demonstrating against 30 months of having been bombed by Hadi´s  protectors, and simultaneously, for unity in the de facto government, consisting of Houthis and  representatives of Moutamar.

Sana´a, 21st September, 2017: Manifestation at the 3rd Anniversary of the conquest of  Sana´a by the  Houthis

Sana´a, 21st September, 2017: Manifestation at the 3rd Anniversary of the conquest of Sana´a by the Houthis

The UN charity organizations in Geneva, but also other international NGOs call for a termination of the war, since the deprivations of the population because of poverty, isolation and epidemic plagues have exceded all bearable norms. They call for free access to all areas in Yemen, in order to

bring relief aid to people in remote villages cut off the outer world – with the exception of the bombs dropped by the Saudi coalition. Graphics of the supply situation show a paradox: The situation of the population in some areas „liberated“ by Emirate troupes in the South, in particular in Shabwah und Abyan, is worse than in densely populated, destroyed areas in the North, governed by the Houthis, but extensively covered by emergency care via the harbour of Hodeidah.

While the North is being ever more rigorously governed by the Houthis and a pragmatic share of power – in the wake of several crises between Saleh´s Moutamar and the dominant Houthis  – has become apparent, a dissolution of the leadership structures  is looming ahead in the South. Hadi is not accepted by the Emirate occupation forces and will, in all probability, fail to gain a foothold in Aden. Although Ahmed bin Daghr, Hadi´s minister president, managed to achieve an arrangement with the occupying forces and appears in public at sundry activities he does not enjoy any political influence. Whether because of incompetence or on purpose the Emirate occupation circumvent a calming down or consolidation of the present situation, they keep the population at bay by means of an economy of scarcity and a missing infrastructure, while, simultaneously, putting ever more squeeze on the supervision by armed units. AlQaida lead a two-front war against the Houthi-Saleh-troupes in the frontier areas of alBeidha und Taizz on the one hand, and against the “Anti-terror Alliance” of the Emirates and the US in Hadramaut, Aden and Abyan on the other. Depending on the prevailing situation alQaida joins forces with Hadi´s remaining troupes and/or Saudi Arabian mercenaries.

Yemenies, whether in the South or in the North, tend to regard Saudi Arabia and the supply of weapons by the US and Great Britain as the cause for their miserable situation.

Yemenies, whether in the South or in the North, tend to regard Saudi Arabia and the supply of weapons by the US and Great Britain as the cause for their miserable situation.

While the situation in the North is quite evident and the conflicts openly manifesting themselves, numerous armed and also unarmed forces act in the South, manoeuvring under cover, thereby further irritating the population and leading to locally divers constellations.

UN-Intervention, primarily representing Saudi Arabia´s interests under Ban ki-mon, is attempting a new mediation approach under Gutierres, with Kuwait playing a part. The most important signal for a new beginning is the nomination of the Palestinian Maan Shuraim as deputy of OSEGY Ismail Ould Sheikh Ahmed (whose function was extended until February 2018), declared persona nun grata by the Houthis. Shuraim will now enter into direct negotiations with the Houthis und Saleh´s Moutamar, while Sheikh Ahmed will continue to attend to the interests of Hadi and Saudi Arabia.

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Newsletter 22

More than six years have passed since the outbreak of the revolution in Yemen, almost three years since the Houthis have been occupying Sana´a, and more than two years since the Saudi coalition has commenced destroying Yemen by continuously bombing the country, and since the “legitimate” government has abandoned the Yemeni population and has been attempting to preserve the vestige of their power out of exile.

The nationwide destruction is reflected in the daily life of the individual, the families, the tribes, jeopardizing the bases of existence, causing impoverishment and pauperisation.

In the past two and a half years the country furthermore was affected by fragmentation. Above all the areas not under the relatively tight surveillance of the Houthi-Saleh disintegrate to an ever more alarming extent, are exposed to the supervision of the Saudi occupying forces in the Southeast and the Emirates in the South or alQaida and “government loyal” military, all promoting the fragmentation.

What Yemen unifies at the time being is the cholera

Despite the unfortunate political situation  a number of phenomena apply to and cover the entire area of the “old“ Yemen such as – however cynical this may sound – the cholera epidemic, having spread over all provinces except Soqotra und Hadramaut, the largest province in size but scarcely populated  and hardly affected. Most afflicted are the provinces of Amran in the North, where 20,5 % of the population have succumbed to the illness, and alDhale in the South (20,1%). A very high rate of casualties is also reported from al Mahwit in the northern mountains (19,6%). As at 7th July altogether 297.438 cases of cholera were registered for the period 27th April to 7th July 2017 with 1.706 fatalities. The epidemic is soaring rapidly, at a much higher speed than originally assumed. In Sana´a (city) 12,3% percent have fallen ill, in Aden (province) 9,4%.

This implies that the services of the international aid organizations and the local patient care function everywhere well or equally unsatisfactorily. Cholera is comparatively easily manageable with simple means such as hygienic, clean water, salt and sugar, but even all of this, especially clean water, is rare in most areas.

Water for free is mostly only available at mosque wells and children are engaged to queue, fill water into the canisters and carry them home.

Cholera is life threatening above all for old and weak people, for ill persons and small children who quickly dehydrate. Children are especially affected by the development of the war. Hundreds of children were killed or injured by bombs and drones, ever more starve to death, die because of pandemic diseases such as cholera.  More malformed children are born and maternal mortality is increasing too. Only the soonest possible end of the war and the reconstruction of the sanitary and medical infrastructure could remedy this situation.

What divides Yemen is politics and occupation

The nationwide similar sanitary distress is juxtaposed by diverging developments on the political sector. With more time passing the North is consolidating into an autonomous unity with a transitory government in Sana´a, and a network of makeshift social institutions and infrastructure. Despite the sporadic bombing, a poor economy and considerable poverty, this creates the impression for the citizens of living in an orderly state system, the more so since terrorist acts have become rare.

Entirely different is the situation in the South where the Saleh regime for many years has been most brutally avoiding the creation of political groups, primarily those with a tendency towards secession and independence.  Haraka had successively become established in 2007, subsequently organising the revolution in Aden. Following the resistance to the Houthi-invasion in the spring of 2015, the Muqawama local resistance movements have been joining, with only a fraction of them radical secessionists. However, the Southern groups had been split up into almost 70 entities, consisting of citizens´ initiatives and associations but also militias. Political groups forming in the South to an ever increasing extent have become a pawn in the hands of Hadi endeavouring, while in Riyadh, to retain some of his power with the aid of the Muslim Brothers, and of the Emirates desirous to aline the South in meeting their own targets. In this context it is understandable that Hadi dismissed the governors of Hadramaut, Schabwah and Soqotra, because they are in leading positions involved in the “Political Transition Council of the South”, striving towards independence of South Yemen.  Hadi is mainly backed by the Islah party and the Muslim Brothers, afraid of the devastating influence the Emirates might exert.

For the first time responsible politicians have refused to comply with an order. The three governors have since been under house arrest in Jeddah. Aidrus Zubeidi, the very popular resistance fighter from alDhale, and previously also dismissed governor of Aden, has taken the lead of the “Political Transition Council of the South”. A major demonstration took place in Aden-Mualla on 7th July, celebrating the anniversary of the suppression of the civil war, in which the South wanted to leave the association with the North in 1994. Aidrus Zubeidi, cart horse of the Emirates for the secession of the South, in his address adopted yet another political target of the Emirates: banning the Muslim Brothers and the Islah party from the South. This evokes major problems for Hadi and also Saudi Arabia, in particular in the topical situation with Qatar, since numerous influential Yemeni Muslim Brothers, residing in Riyadh as esteemed promoters of Hadi and as agents of the Saudis, try to manipulate the developments in Yemen in line with their interests. The counter demonstration staged by Hadi and the Muslim Brothers in Aden at the same time as alZubeidi addressed his audience, met with pitifully few followers, demonstrating once again that Hadi has become nothing more than a paper tiger in Yemen.

Aden-Mualla, 7th July, 2017. Manifestation at the anniversary of the 1994 lost secession war with an address delivered by Aidrus alZubeidi for the Political Transition Council of the South.

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Eid alFitre

Dear Members and Sponsors,

Thanks to your donations Nouria managed once more to distribute food to all YERO children and their families for Eid al Fitre and to provide the children with new clothes and school utensils. May their happy eyes bring joy to all of you!

Kindest regards

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Newsletter 21

The developments over the past weeks have been characterized by political fragmentation and growing isolationism and a shift in alliances. The war has entered into a simmering status quo with selective battles at the borders of the Houthi areas, while the situation around Hodaydah remains in suspense. Saudi Arabia, as Mohamed bin Salman, the deputy crown prince disclosed in a recent interview, is not in a hurry and plays for time. While no longer dispensing the horrendous cost involved in an air war, harbours and airports remain blocked with a view to systematically starving out the approx. 17 million inhabitants in the Houthi areas.

The humanitarian situation:

End of April a donor conference had been arranged by UNOCHA and the governments of Sweden and Switzerland in Geneva. Although the result fell short of the 2.1 billion USD calculated, various donor countries contributed as much as 1.2 billion.

19 million Yemenis of the total population of 26 million need humanitarian aid and protection. UNOCHA and several international aid organizations keep warning that in the absence of concrete aid famine will strike the majority of the population, above all children representing 40 % and in danger of suffering severe development disorders because of malnutrition. UN-Secretary General Guterres voiced in drastic terms that every 10 minutes a Yemeni child under the age of five dies of hunger and that the famine in Yemen is the most severe supply catastrophe worldwide.  Quite striking is the fact that Saudi Arabia agreed to give 150 million USD. The cost for the air war against Yemen so far amounted to approx. 200 million USD daily.

Hadramaut´s solo action

On April 26th, Mukalla celebrated the “one-year liberation of Mukalla from  alQaida” (a typical Yemeni charade since a Qaida left peacefully upon agreement on April 26th the year before) and a conference was arranged in this context under the title “Jumaa Hadramaut” (Joint Hadramaut). At this conference a Hadramy code of honour was concluded and a declaration of 40 punctuations for the preparation of an autonomously administered   Hadramaut proclaimed.

A group under the leadership of Ahmed ben Brik, the governor of Hadramaut intend to urge president Hadi to agree to negotiations with the Houthi and achieve an end of the war and a return to normalisation. Should this not meet with success the group will proclaim an autonomous political area Hadramaut under the leadership of Ahmed Ben Brik and assume control over the militia, the infrastructure, the economy and the administration. Hadi has so far not reacted. The proponents are, according to their respective declaration, not opposed to the occupying states Saudi Arabia and the Emirates and invite Mahra und Schabwa to participate.

Trouble spot Aden

Simultaneously with the events in Hadramaut the situation in Aden escalated. President Hadi all of a sudden dismissed Aidrus Zubeidi, the governor of Aden and several ministers by decree, among them Hani ben Brik, the state minister (not related to Ahmed ben Brik). He accused the latter of prosecutable actions and instigated investigations on the part of the prosecution. Both Zubeidi and ben Brik are popular heroes of the resistance against the Houthis, enjoying respect and admiration. Aidrus Zubeidi´s dismissal was followed by a “Declaration of Aden”, in which he suggested a similar line of actions as postulated by the Hadramis for  Hadramaut. Zubeidis´ und ben Briks´ sacking led to massive protest actions of the population, with the Emirates fuelling the animosity against Hadi and stimulating the secession adherents. Hadi blamed the Emirates to show off as occupants and to sabotage the unity of Yemen. Emirati newspapers severely critisize Hadi, challenging his legitimacy. This brought about a pro-Hadi and a pro-Zubeidi demonstration,  where the Emirates tried to support the pro-Zubeidi demonstration in their media and their infrastructure. However, only very few participated in the demonstrations, with those for Zubeidi having to be transported in cart loads from alDhale. The Adani obviously do not allow themselves to be misused for such power demonstrations.

The new situation also leads to a shift in the relationship between Saudi Arabia and the Emirates. Saudi Arabia is given a stronger negotiating position. Both occupants appear to aim at a session/segmentation of Yemen.

A further comment was received by the Islah-Party, known to be under extreme pressure in the present constellation. In their declaration Islah support Hadi – their only mentor -, the unity of Yemen and Hadi´s decision to nominate Abdelaziz alMuflehi as new Governor of Aden.  In the night after the publication of the declaration the headquarters of the Islah party in Aden were torched.

The new governor arrived in Aden on May 6th, welcomed by representatives of Hadi´s government. AlMuflehi is a politician and a business man, coming – as Zubeidi – from the secessionist province of alDhale. He had studied in Egypt and had been engaged in business for a long time in Saudi Arabia before joining Hadi´s set of advisers. At his arrival in Aden he declared he does not intend to engage in politics but would endeavour to improve the living conditions of the Adani.

Aden airport, 6.6.2017, arrival of the new governor Abdelaziz alMuflehi (mid front, back of his head)

Mukalla, 26.4. 2016, Festival to celebrate the liberation from alQaida a year ago. In the middle in a beige suit Governor Ahmed ben Brik, strongman of “Jumaa Hadramaut” (Joint Hadramaut)

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Good news from Sana’a

We have started this year a new class for the very
young kids to prepare  them for school.We teach them everything they need to learn before going to school.It is only once a week  im sending you the photo _ they are so lovely …

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Crimes of the Forgotten War on Yemen

Dear Dr. Anisa,

I would like to share with you a series of videos that were prepared for
the purpose of showing the world some of the crimes being committed by
the Saudi coalition in Yemen. I hope that you would have time to watch
them and to share them with your friends and acquaintances, and maybe
put them up on your organization’s website.



Part One



Part two



Part Three



Part Four



Part Five



Looking forward to meeting you soon in Yemen or in Austria,


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Newsletter 20

Kämpfen um die Vormacht im Jemen (von links): iranischer Präsident Hassan Rohani, Houthi-Führer Abdelmalik alHouthi, Expräsident Ali Abdullah Saleh, Präsident Abdrubbah Mansur Hadi, Präsident der Emirate Mohamed bin Zayed, saudischer König Salman bin Abdelaziz

On 17th February 2017, the UN published the “Final Report of the Panel of Experts on Yemen”, for which a panel of experts had investigated and described the impact of UNSR resolutions 2140 and 2216 on 242 pages. The direct reference to UNSR resolutions, representing the interests of the Saudi coalition and the so-called legitimate government in 2014 and 2015, explain a certain unilateral aspect of the reports, unilateral since only the weapon supplies from Iran to the Houthis but not those of the Gulf countries, the USA und GB for Hadi, alQaida and Salafistic militia were questioned, only the sanctions of Saleh and his son and also the al-Houthi leadership were investigated but not the financial transactions of Hadi and his clans. Nevertheless, the report offers new insight and conclusions, above all by describing, relatively unbiased, violations of martial law, acts against humanity and human rights committed by all parties. The most important items of the report in a short summary read :

  • All countries involved in the war and also Hadi´s government are responsible for war crimes and violations of human rights committed. This is of special importance since e.g. Saudi Arabia conjures up excuses for the attack at the funeral celebration in Sana´a with 150 killed and 600 wounded, attributing this to the failure of one individual. The allocation of blame also includes the „collateral damage“ suffered by the civilian population during US drone attacks:
    “All States whose forces engage in or otherwise participate in military operations on behalf of the coalition are responsible for all acts committed by persons forming part of its armed forces. These States may not evade their obligations by placing their contingents at the disposal of an ad hoc coalition. All coalition member States and their allies also have an obligation to take appropriate measures to ensure respect for international humanitarian law by the coalition. This obligation is especially incumbent upon the Government of Yemen, upon whose request and with whose consent the air strikes are being conducted.”
    This will please the governments of Morocco and Egypt having withdrawn from the air raids in good time. Hadi will, in all probability, have to stand trial at the International Court in The Hague.
  • The air raids of the Saudi coalition have devastated the Yemeni infrastructure and terrorised the population but failed to bend the will of the Houthi-Saleh-Alliance to continue the war.
  • The Houthi-Saleh attacks at ships navigating in the Red Sea have increased the risk of a regional extension of the conflict. The Houthi-Saleh-Alliance has shown considerable fitness for action in maritime war.
  • The transfer and smuggling of weapons by sea from Iran to the Houthis has so far not been clearly provable. Several incidents of weapon supplies on vessels departing from Iranian harbours in the Gulf have been investigated  but – on the basis of the routes chosen and the telephone conversations monitored –  it looks pretty obvious that the vessels were destined for Somalia. Evidence that Iranian weapons had been brought from there to Yemen could not be found. The alleged weapon transfer from Iran to the Houthis had initially been massively postulated by Israel, followed by the permanent publication of alarm announcements. Saudi Arabia keeps making use of these “fake news” in order to justify the war against Yemen and the embargo of supplies of vital resources for the population.
  • The transfer of the Yemeni central bank to Aden by Hadi´s government has opened an effective „economic front“ in this war and considerably curtailed the economic capacities of the Houthi-Saleh-Alliance in the military continuation of the conflict  and also the administration of the areas under their control. Simultaneously, the vital resources for the population have become so very scarce that the humanitarian disaster accelerates.

The report also refers to the activities of the so-called Hizam-associations, installed by the Emirates as their own security troops in “freed Yemen” and active in four provinces. Complaints about abuse, intimidation, arrest and partly also torture keep increasing on the part of the population. This refers in particular to the so-called “Hadrami Elite troops”, supposedly representing an anti-terror unit and carrying out torture in routine manner in secret prisons. The report gives the following wording:

“The Panel finds that, even if these individuals were associated with AQAP, the Government is obliged under international humanitarian law and international human rights law to ensure that the Hadrami Elite Forces, or any other forces operating on the ground under the authority and/or control and/or with the consent of the Government, comply with relevant legal requirements and procedural safeguards regarding deprivation of liberty … Given that the United Arab Emirates also has ground forces operating in Mukalla, their government has similar obligations. The United Arab Emirates have informed the Panel that the coalition has provided “military, financial and training assistance” and “intelligence, logistic information and aerial intervention” to the Hadrami Elite Forces, which are under the control of the legitimate Yemeni Armed Forces.”

The Emirates have been considered responsible also for crimes and violations of rights by the Hizam troops even if the Hizam forces proforma  operate under the name of Yemeni government forces. In actual fact the Hadi regime has no control over the Hizam troops.

Quite interesting is also the minutely detailed report about attempts of Khaled Ali Saleh, one of Ali Abdullah Saleh´s son and  Ahmed Ali Saleh´s brother to circumvent the sanctions imposed upon them, in particular the freezing of accounts, and launder  money. The panel has tracked the itinerary of the accounts (totalling three-digital US million amounts) in six banks in six countries. No money transfer abroad could be verified as regards the sanctioned Houthi-leaders.

  • The present sphere of influence of Ali Abdullah Saleh has been carefully scrutinized and leads towards the conclusion that he has remained quite powerful, to be explained by the networks he established during his 30 years as president, in particular among the tribes, with the militia and in his party Moutamar. His close and stable connexions with the usually not consistently loyal tribes were strengthened and stabilized by means of a clever marriage policy pursued with his multiple daughters and sons.
  • Furthermore, by using the example of 10-12 proven violations, the report minutely describes the war crimes against the civilian population on both sides. The selected cases have been proven by documentary material although the Panel had not been permitted a research in situ.

The complete pdf UN Report is attached.

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Help for Hodeidha

Dear Dr. Anisa,

Shortly after my last email to you, Ms. Noria had kindly handed over the sum equivalent to 1000 euros which your organization had contributed to our relief initiative in Hodeidah.

Last week we used the amount to buy food assistance packages, which included 25 kg flour, 5 kg sugar and a bag of tea, for 62 families from different villages in Al-Kadan area in Al-Hodeidah governorate.

I would like to use this opportunity to thank you and your organization for all your great efforts and contributions aimed at relieving the sufferings of the people of Yemen that are caused by the brutal and inhumane aggression and blockade of the Saudi regime.

Attached are some photos that were taken at the time of assistance distribution.

Best regards,

Osama Alamrani


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