I prepared the Fact Sheet below to distribute at a film being shown at the High Falls Film Festival. ‘Yemeniettes’, a documentary film made by a Lebanese film company, follows a group of teenage girls who win a regional science contest from their enthusiastic invention to a local contest in Sana’a and then on to Doha, and then to the events that follow their winning this important international contest. It is a delightful scenario, Though a level of the background violence is reflected in the film it mostly focuses on these very liberal Yemeniettes with their very capitalist (as well as nationalist) aspirations.
Sadly, current events have overrun the context of this film and it seems unlikely there will be any more Yemeniettes (or Yemenis of any stripe) entering, much less winning, regional science contests any time in the foreseeable future. This is pertinent because the United States is providing all kinds of support to our Saudi Allies in their war effort. If you enjoy this film, you should understand that.
The Saudi war on Yemen has been going on for 4 years now. All parties to the fight have been tainted by the violence that is war including the indigenous Yemeni movements that can claim a legitimate aspiration for the independence and sovereignty of their country. Even so, the continuous foreign assault on Yemen must be condemned and every effort must be made to end that violation of the human rights of the people of Yemen and the sovereign right to independence and freedom from interference of the country.
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Did you know that the United States is 100% backing the Saudi Coalition in their war against the people of Yemen?
- Over 10,000 civilians, including thousands of children, have been killed by the Saudi led, US backed bombing campaign in Yemen, and over 50,00 children died of starvation and disease in 2017 alone.
- More than 1,000,000 people have been displaced by the bombing and fighting in major cities of Yemen;
- Bombing has caused major destruction of the physical infrastructure in Yemen including hospitals, schools, water treatment plants, power plants, fuel supplies and people’s homes
- Saudi Arabia has bombed the Houthi homelands in northern Yemen repeatedly over the last decade, and now has reduced their capital city of Sa’ada to rubble.
- Saudi Arabia has fought 6 wars for control of Yemen over the last 60 years;
- The United States has regularly bombed Yemeni communities with drones, claiming to target AQAP while raining terror on the civilian population for more than 10 years.
- The US and UK have restore the Saudi weapons supply when it became depleted so they could continue bombing. The US supplied the illegal cluster bombs the Saudis used in Yemen.
- The US is providing intelligence to the Saudis and refueling coalition planes in the air.
- The US, UK and France are supporting the Saudi coalition siege on Yemen where children are now dying of hunger, thirst and cholera.
- They are using the United Nations for cover to their unconscionable attack on innocent Yemeni people.
- Prior to the bombing campaign there was indeed conflict in Yemen but it reflected political structures
- Ansarullah is a broad based indigenous coalition led by the Houthis, and has been backed by most of the Yemeni Army
- Other indigenous Yemeni factions have joined the fight including AQAP and Southern Separatists. Though there are independent forces facing off, AQAP (al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula) are allied with the Saudi/US Coalition
- The Houthis have been the only force on the ground mounting a successful resistance to AQAP, which is now holding territory in Yemen including the port city of Mukhalla and large areas of once secular South Yemen.
- Prior to the war, unelected President Hadi, a Saudi-US puppet, allowed his tenure to end without calling elections
- The Houthis had participated in the political structure to the best of their ability over the last several years and joined in UN facilitated talks to rewrite the Yemeni Constitution which President Hadi did not implement
- The Houthis then marched to Sana’a with Ansarallah to demand representation in their government
- According to international experts, the Houthis and Ansarallah do not receive significant aid from Iran and are not in any way representing Iran in their struggle – this is not a “Proxy War”
- The Saudi target, the Houthi led Ansarallah coalition is a legitimate political actor in Yemen
- This US backed, Saudi led campaign is an intrusion into the internal politics of Yemen
- This US backed, Saudi led campaign has embroiled Yemen in an unnecessary civil war
- The US backed, Saudi War against Yemen constitutes a Crime Against Peace and is the site of numerous War Crimes
We in the US are complicit in the Saudi crimes against the People of Yemen!
It is paramount that the United States stop supporting Saudi aggression.
The Nations Security Council should act on behalf of the oppressed people of Yemen to put an end to Saudi aggression against them. Contact the US Mission to the UN: http://usun.state.gov/contact
Call or write to President Trump: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/write-or-call
and your Congressional Representatives: Senate: 202-224-3121, Congress: 202-224-3121
Demand that the US end support for Saudi Atrocities in Yemen!