Yemen Peace Forum

  • The Old City of Sana’a: A Living History Under Threat

    The Old City of Sana’a has been inhabited for over 2,500 years; it boasts unique architecture – those distinctive multistory towers with delicate white-trim designs – and UNESCO world heritage status.[1] Today, this built heritage, and the human history it evinces, face multiple threats. Heavy rains have recently caused damage to around 1,000 houses, starkly…

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  • Yemen Peace Forum Mukalla Workshops Conclude

    Mukalla, Yemen – The Yemen Peace Forum (YPF) concluded its four-day event which brought together a select group of Yemeni youth and civil society actors with the aim to amplify their voices by creating a parallel process for their views and insights to be channeled into Yemen’s peace negotiations. The YPF is a Track II…

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  • The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Yemeni Women

    Yemen was among the last countries to announce the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic. The first confirmed case in the country was declared on April 10, 2020, a month after the World Health Organization declared a pandemic on March 11. An explosion of infections was anticipated in Yemen, where six years of war has destroyed the healthcare sector and fragmented the country. The first wave of COVID-19 in Yemen coincided with outbreaks of malaria, dengue fever, and chikungunya fever, diseases…

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  • The Curtain Call for Cinema in Aden?

    Aden has historically been a cultural and commercial crossroads, home to a famed port linking East and West. Its setting, on the Gulf of Aden, at the confluence of the Red and Arabian seas, long brought trade and people to the city, making it a cosmopolitan hub. Throughout much of the 20th century, the city…

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  • A New Path Forward: Empowering a Leadership Role for Yemeni Civil Society

    Throughout six years of conflict, Yemeni civil society organizations (CSOs) have sought to contribute to humanitarian response efforts in a dynamic crisis. However, they have faced considerable challenges in playing a leadership role in response efforts, building meaningful partnerships with international organizations and directly accessing donor resources. Despite commitments to localization, enshrined in the Grand Bargain and the Charter for Change, the international community has failed to support Yemeni civil society to prepare for a role following the conflict, while…

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  • The Struggle Far From Home: Yemeni Refugees in Cairo 

    Since 2015, the devastating conflict in Yemen has created a debilitating economic and humanitarian crisis and displaced millions of Yemenis. While the vast majority of displaced Yemenis remain within Yemen — around 3.65 million — Yemenis who do seek safety abroad most often flee to countries across the Arab world, including Egypt, Sudan, Djibouti and Jordan, as well as to Malaysia.

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  • Islah Wary of a Hadi Reconciliation with the STC

    Commentary by Fahd Omer Editor’s note: The author, a Yemeni researcher, is writing under a pseudonym for security reasons. On December 11, Yemeni government and Southern Transitional Council (STC) forces began withdrawing from frontlines in Abyan governorate. The redeployments – first stipulated in the Saudi-sponsored Riyadh Agreement signed in November 2019 but implemented more than…

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