The Cost of War
Since the start of the war in Yemen in early 2015, civilian safety has never been a priority. Doctors Without Borders called the conflict "A war on civilians," and most Yemenis have nowhere safe to flee.
After the Houthis (also called Ansar Allah) marched south, took over Sana'a, and pressed onto Aden, President Hadi fled the country to Saudi Arabia, who responded with incessant airstrikes from an international military coalition, including the US and UK, aimed at removing the Houthis from power.
WHO has declared the total death toll above 10,000 as of August 2016, yet that number is likely much higher. Neither warring side has released numbers killed, and there have been hundreds of airstrikes where villagers bury their dead without reporting to local authorities.
The casualties of Yemen's war are not only airstrike deaths. Child acute malnutrition rates have skyrocketed, most clinics closed due to violence. Injured Yemenis are unable to get proper treatment in-country, and not allowed to travel outside, leaving them vulnerable to permanent disability. The psychological damage can not begin to be measured.
A blockade has prevented essential fuel, medical supplies, and food from entering the country, cut power lines have left Yemen in the dark and shut down hospitals. Without fuel, citizens can not flee from violence, reach health care, or power their homes and businesses.
As long as the ruling powers in and out of Yemen disagree, civilians will continue to suffer.