By Colby Nicholson
The civil war in Yemen has been waging since the early 2010s. Wreaking havoc on the area, the war has become a battle for foreign interests at the cost of civilian life. Saudi Arabian government pours money and weapons into their allies in the region while Iran does the same. The two main middle eastern powers are fighting a vicious war for power.
In 2016, the Hudaydah port was bombed in a Saudi Arabian bombing campaign of rebel-held territory. The port city on the coast of the Red Sea is the 4th largest in Yemen and a major hub of economic activity. At the break of the civil war, the city remained deep in rebel territory, but as the Saudi backed government forces pushed them farther back the city has come under direct fire.
This Monday a ceasefire was proposed to enable the civilian population to regroup and receive humanitarian aid from outside sources like the Red Cross and UN. Nearly 22 Million yemenis are in need of this aid and around 8 million don’t know where their next meal will come from according to UN data. In this conflict an ending is not in sight, but making humanitarian aid available to the people of Yemen is an important step towards minimizing the conflicts damage to the population.