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Civil War in Yemen: Humanitarian Concerns, the Path to Peace, and Ramifications of Ongoing War

As the worlds attention remains fixated on Ukraine, there is another equally disturbing humanitarian crisis currently unfolding in Yemen. Recently, Angelina Jolie who serves as a special envoy for the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) traveled to Yemen to raise awareness for the ongoing civil war that continues to plague the country.

The conflict within Yemen has dragged on for nearly a decade, and as a result hundreds of  thousands of people directly or indirectly have lost their life. In addition, millions of Yeminis have been displaced from their homes due to the unrest.

What did Angelina Jolie do?

INSTRUCTORS: Click the link below to download this week’s lecture for use in your classroom. The deck contains a writing prompt and a debate question as well as other assessment questions.

Videos:

News Articles:

Angelina Jolie travels to Yemen to aid refugees and renews call for humanitarian access in Ukraine

CNN

March 7, 2022

https://www.cnn.com/2022/03/07/entertainment/angelina-jolie-yemen/index.html

The limits of Iran’s influence on Yemen’s Houthi rebels

ALJAZEERA

March 8, 2022

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/3/8/the-limits-of-irans-influence-on-yemens-houthi-rebels

Angelina Jolie arrives in Yemen to aid refugees

CBSNEWS

March 7, 2022

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/angelina-jolie-yemen-refugees-humanitarian-assistance-ukraine/

Repression of women on rise in rebel-held Yemen

AL-MONITOR

March 8, 2022

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/03/repression-women-rise-rebel-held-yemen

News Articles (Analyses):

US official says Yemen rebels fire missile into busy Red Sea

ABC NEWS

March 7, 2022

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/us-navy-yemen-rebels-fired-missile-busy-red-83292945

Two foreign MSF workers kidnapped in Yemen

FRANCE 24

March 6, 2022

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220306-two-foreign-msf-workers-kidnapped-in-yemen

Meanwhile, in the Middle East: The Biden administration’s strategy is causing real problems

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

March 8, 2022

https://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-oped-meanwhile-in-the-middle-east-20220308-b4xsgyg7k5f7fa2giz3ynknska-story.html

Assessment:

 Writing: What humanitarian concerns have arisen in Yemen?

 Debate: What is the best way to achieve peace in Yemen?

 Poll: Should the international community be doing more to end the civil war in Yemen?

 Short Answer: What are the ramifications of  Yemen’s ongoing civil war?

QUIZ:

Angelina Jolie recently traveled to the UAE because of a humanitarian crisis. (T/F)

Hundreds of thousands of people have died in Yemen’s civil war. (T/F)

Yemen’s civil war started earlier this year. (T/F)

Which two countries have fought a proxy war in Yemen?

  1. Iraq and Israel.
  2. Iran and Saudi Arabia.
  3. Jordan and Lebanon.
  4. Russia and United States.

What was the catalyst for Yemen’s civil war?

a. Perceived mistreatment against the Houthi.

b. High inflation and unemployment.

c. Rising inequality and lack of opportunities.

d. Disputed election with voting irregulates.

Restrictions on Yemini women in rebel territory include all the following EXCEPT.

a. The use of contraception.

b. The right to work.

c. Accessing media.

d. Traveling alone.

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