The Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies organized a visit for an international media delegation to Aden governorate from February 20-26, 2022, with American, European and Asian correspondents representing major media outlets including Reuters, Agence France-Presse, Le Monde, The Atlantic, El Pais, Der Spiegel and others.
The trip included meetings with Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalek Saeed, Aden Governor Ahmed Lamlas, Southern Transitional Council (STC) leaders, representatives of local NGOs, local journalists, intellectuals, businessmen and women’s activists.
Correspondents visited internally displaced Yemenis and migrants and saw the impact of the war on public health facilities, speaking with doctors, patients and administrators at Al-Jumhuriyah Modern General Hospital — Aden.
Visits to Aden container port and Al-Huswah nature preserve, where a lack of funding has devastated a once-lush habitat for migratory birds, provided opportunities to understand the current business and environmental situation. The correspondents also visited Aden University and historical sites, including Aden’s mountaintop Sira Fortress overlooking the city and the Sahareej water tanks, or Cisterns of Tawila.
The international press trip was the fourth to Yemen organized by the Sana’a Center during the conflict, following visits to Shabwa governorate in November 2020, Hadramawt governorate in September 2018 and Marib governorate in 2017.
Maged al-Madhaji, executive director of the Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies, said: “This fourth trip of the Sanaa Center is part of our efforts to get the Yemen story out to the world and to shape the international narrative on Yemen from the ground.”