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Help for the people of Yemen

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THE STORY:

Yemen is a country in Western Asia, occupying the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula. Since 2014, this land, home to more than 26 million people, has been severely affected by the civil war that is currently being led between forces loyal to the government of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and those allied to the Houthi rebel movement. The conflict has its roots in 2011 and the Arab Spring mass protests, when an uprising against longtime authoritarian leader, Ali Abdullah Saleh, forced the president to hand over power to Mr Hadi. At first it was believed that the change of the regime would bring stability to the poorest country in the Middle East, but the president's insuffiency to deal with a variety of problems, including corruption, unemployment and food insecurity, triggered the rise of the Houthi movement, Yemen's Zaidi Shia Muslim minority, originating from the north of the country. Disillusioned with the transition, many ordinary Yemenis - including Sunnis - supported the Houthis and in September 2014 they entered the capital, Sanaa, overthrowing president Hadi and triggering a bloody civil war that has yet to show signs of ending. The chaotic state allowed different terrorist goups such as Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State to rise their influence as the country spiraled further into turmoil. Alarmed by the rise of a group they believed to be backed militarily by regional Shia power Iran, Saudi Arabia, alongside the UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Jordan, Morocco, Sudan, Egypt, and Pakistan, formed a military coalition and began aistrikes in 2015. The operation is largely financed and supported logistically by the US, as well as the UK and France. Although the reports say that more than 6,800 people have been killed, 35,000 injured, and 2.5 million internally displaced since March 2015 (the majority of whom in air strikes by a Saudi-led coalition), the exact numbers are feared to be much higher. Even more worrying is the number of people suffering from hunger, estimated at 14 million, with at least half of them starving. 75$ are necessary to provide food for one Yemeni family for an enire month. These people need our help. We can't keep pretending that, just because it's happening elsewhere, it's not happening at all. We live in a time blessed with the benefits of techonology, but we all know that pleasure is always accompanied by responsibility. Don't let your empathy be limited to a couple of tears in front of the TV screen, let's help this people. Let's fulfill our duty and be human. “I call him religious who understands the suffering of others.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

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