Yemen: PAX says there is a spark of hope for Yemen
7/2/19 - There is hope in Yemen. A spark, a hint of hope. Until recently, journalists haven’t been writing about Yemen in these terms. Yemen has degenerated into the worst humanitarian disaster in a long time. The country has become the symbol of unbearable human suffering, of political indifference. Hope in Yemen. And that in the days leading up to Christmas. It’s almost hard to believe.
Is there reason for hope? Yes, is the immediate reaction. In Stockholm, warring parties agreed to a cease-fire. After nearly four years of bombing. After more than 10,000 deaths. After a famine that threatens the lives of 20 million people, a truce for the people in Yemen is a glimmer, a hint of hope. Light in a long inky-black night.
And after thinking about it? Is there also reason for hope on closer consideration? There were reports of new battles after the cease-fire was signed. Residents heard rockets, mortars and machine gun fire in the outskirts of Hodeidah, the old port city so crucial for the food supply. It’s tough to face up to it, but that spark of hope, that hint of peace, is still so fragile. The night is still so dark; will there ever be a new morning in Yemen?...