#10YearChallenge: A decade of war and ruins in the pictures of Yemen

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The #10YearChallenge has taken social media by storm, with millions of users posting their current photos, juxtaposing to what they looked like 10 years back. But, more than those flashy sunglasses and quirky hairdo, there are some people who have addressed the global concerns, including the destruction brought by war in Yemen.

The Yemen, a war-torn country, is the grievous consequences of the Arab revolution 2011, which has largely affected the Middle East settlements.

The trending hashtag has highlighted how the Arab governments and foreign powers have destabilized the political landscape of Middle Eastern countries, causing unrest in the region.

Arab Spring saw the oust of Yemen’s authoritarian president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was succeeded by his deputy, Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi, in 2011. The conflict emerged in 2015, when political transition to stabilize the country, failed.

The two warring parties: the internationally recognized Yemeni government, headed by Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, and the Iran-backed Houthi rebels are fighting to gain control in the country.

Saudi Arabia, the key ally of Hadi, has made Yemen a proxy battle ground to fight its long-time rival, Iran. On 25 March 2015, the Saudi-led coalition launched air strikes on Houthi rebels, instigating an outright armed conflict. Since then, it has been indiscriminately bombing schools, hospitals, markets and other public spaces, killing and displacing thousands of innocent civilians.

Nadwa Dawsari posted an image of the old city of Sanaa, which shows the before and after of UNESCO World Heritage site destructed by a Saudi-UAE coalition air raid.

Wars and intrusions have caused havoc for the historical and cultural richness of cities in Yemen. It was once a lively and welcoming country, but nothing remains of the wonderful squares and monuments today.

The Yemen war now stands in its fourth year, and still shows no real signs of waning. Terrifying human rights abuses in secret prisons are being committed across the country by both the parties, causing unendurable suffering for civilians.


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