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Reference : V-F-CR-F-02300-N
Date : 03/04/2018
Country/Region : YEMEN
Title : Yémen : il faut plus que de l'argent pour la population = Yemen : people need more than money
Duration : 00:04:40
Director : unknown
Cameraman : various
Editor : unknown
Person appearing :
MARDINI, Robert (director of Operations Near and Middle East, ICRC)
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Production company : ICRC
ICRC producer :
Production reference : AV842N
Description : On April 3rd, 2018,, government leaders will gather in Geneva for a pledging conference for Yemen. Everyone, including the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), hopes that donors will be generous. But humanitarians working in Yemen know that money alone will not solve the crisis.
The three long years of Yemen’s conflict have caused unspeakable suffering. Everything needed for survival is collapsing: the food chain, the health service, the water and sewer systems.
According to UN figures, a staggering 22.2 million Yemenis, out of a total population of 27 million, are in need of assistance. That is 3.4 million more than just one year ago. The conflict has caused millions to flee their homes.
At the same time, peace talks are stalled, and the conflict has become ever more complex and fragmented.
“We have a seen a peak of weapon wounded in January” says the ICRC’s director of operations for the Middle East Robert Mardini.
“In one week in January we had to treat close to 1000 people, wounded because of the fighting, and an important proportion of them were civilians. In addition to this you see many people who simply die because they cannot afford insulin, they cannot afford a dialysis session.”
The ICRC wants to remind all warring parties that if the basic laws of war were respected, some of Yemen’s destruction could be avoided, and civilians would suffer less.
“Stop targeting hospitals, stop targeting civilian neighbourhoods” says Robert Mardini. “Stop indiscriminate shelling, stop attacking health personnel. All this will reduce the needs.”
And for donor countries arriving in Geneva there is a message too: don’t just donate money, make sure that any weapons exported to any of the warring parties are used only in line with international humanitarian law.
“Our message to states supporting parties to the conflict, warring sides in Yemen, and there are so many: they need to tie their support with clear conditions of respect of the laws of war” says Robert Mardini.”
Money is often the easiest thing to give, but for Yemen’s civilians, respect for the law, and unrestricted access for humanitarian workers, are just as important.
Original language : International soundtrack
French title : Yémen : il faut plus que de l'argent pour la population
English title : Yemen : people need more than money
Colour/B&W : colour
Resolution : 1920 x 1080
Aspect ratio : 16/9
Original material/format : H264
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