Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 25 April 2019

Beyond the Headlines podcast: Yemenis continue to suffer as warring sides negotiate

Peace talks in Sweden show signs of progress, but not fast enough for humanitarian groups

Homeless children stand on the road from Khoukha to Taiz in Yemen. Envoys from Yemen’s warring parties are in Sweden for another round of peace talks this week. AP
Homeless children stand on the road from Khoukha to Taiz in Yemen. Envoys from Yemen’s warring parties are in Sweden for another round of peace talks this week. AP

Millions are on the brink of famine in Yemen. But for the first time in two years, the Yemeni government and the Houthi rebels are negotiating a resolution.

Last week, the UN Envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, put forth a series of confidence-building measures. He says both sides need to adhere to a series of concessions to build any sort of chance at a settlement. So far, he’s succeeded in bringing both sides to agree on a prisoner exchange and made way for Houthi fighters injured in the war to fly to Oman for treatment.

But the number of lives saved on the ground will ultimately define the success of these talks and that means ensuring humanitarian aid gets to the millions of starving Yemenis.

We look at the process of peace in Yemen, and discuss the dire humanitarian crisis in this week's episode of Beyond the Headlines. Listen here:

We hear from The National’s Mina Al Droubi, who is in Sweden reporting on the peace talks, and Juliette Touma, the UNICEF Regional Chief of Communications in the Middle East and North Africa.

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Updated: December 19, 2018 06:30 PM

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