November 19, 2008

Invisible Civilians

The challenge of humanitarian access in Yemen's Forgotten War

Yemen Map
I. Summary
II. Methodology
III. Background
One war, five rounds
The Huthis
Tribes supporting the government
Causes of the conflict
The war in northern Yemen: a non-international armed conflict
IV. The Information Blackout
V. Fighting and Civilian Losses in Mid-2008..
VI. Displacement During 2008..
Displacement during the fifth round of fighting (May 10 to July 17, 2008)
Displacement into Sa'da town
Displacement outside Sa'da town
Ongoing displacement
VII. Lack of Humanitarian Access
Humanitarian law relating to access
Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement relating to access
Lack of humanitarian access between the fourth and fifthrounds of fighting (June 18, 2007 to May 10, 2008)
Lack of humanitarian access during the fifth round of fighting (May 10, 2008 to July 17, 2008)
Closure of the San'a-Sa'da road: blocking necessities to civilians
Access to health care
Humanitarian access since the end of fighting
Attacks on humanitarian agencies
VIII. The United Nations and International Donors
The United Nations
International Donors
IX. Recommendations
To the government of Yemen
To the Huthis
To the United Nations
To International Donors, including the European Union and its Member States, the Arab League and its Member States, and the United States
XII. Acknowledgments