Yemen: The EEAS launches an awareness raising event about the conflict and its impact on people
The European External Action Service (EEAS) is launching an awareness raising campaign on the conflict in Yemen called ‘We need to talk about Yemen‘. It is a fully digital campaign with human stories, short movies, a Yemeni art online exhibition and social media activities. Due to coronavirus restrictions, the campaign will be formally launched by a virtual event on Tuesday, 17 November at 18:30 that will be livestreamed here. The High Representative/Vice-President, Josep Borrell, explained: “For far too long we did not talk enough about the severe crisis in Yemen. We have to address this forgotten conflict and talk about it. We want to talk about Yemen, and more importantly – listen to what Yemenis have to tell us.” Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, recalled that the European Union has provided close to €1 billion in much needed aid for Yemenis since the beginning of the conflict in 2015 and continues to be engaged: “This year we took a leading role in humanitarian advocacy on the crisis in Yemen, also raising the pressing issue of serious and ongoing obstructions of humanitarian work on the sidelines of the UNGA as well as kicked off, together with Sweden, two Senior Officials Meetings on Yemen, bringing together main humanitarian actors engaged in the Yemen.” Yemen is the world’s worst humanitarian and development crisis. Over 24 million Yemenis are in need of assistance. More information is available in the campaign website and in the dedicated website on the EU-Yemen relations. Follow the event on Facebook, Twitter or Youtube with the hashtag #TalkAboutYemen.