YEMEN. Sana’a. September 11, 2015. Inside al-Alhashoosh mosque, one of the major mosques of Ansar Allah (aka the Houthis).
Most Houthi fighters are followers of Zaidism, a sect of Shia Islam. It is relatively liberal and moderate. Between 35-40% of the population of Yemen are Zaidi. It is generally considered to be the closest Shia sect to Sunni Islam at an ideological level.
(1) The aftermath of an airstrike carried out by the Saudi Arabian-led coalition that destroyed a building in the old city and killed six civilians. The old city was declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations in 1986. The buildings are more than 1,400 years old.
Sawan district. Aftermath of an airstrike carried out by the Saudi Arabian-led coalition that killed 30 civilians and wounded 48. Sawan is one of the poorest district of the capital.
Al-Shib district. A kid looking at his destroyed house. In the airstrike carried out by the Saudi Arabian-led coalition in Al-Shib 25 civilians has been killed and 20 wounded.
Special forces military training area destroyed by several airstrikes carried out by the Saudi Arabian-led coalition.
Sawan district. People leaving destroyed area from the airstrike carried out by the Saudi Arabian-led coalition that killed 30 civilians and wounded 48.
“For five days, with the help of Murthada, a descendant of Imam Ali, and a minder of the Houthi government appointed to examine my every shot, I documented the consequences of the bombing of the Saudi-led coalition on the Yemeni population and its infrastructure. Looking at the ruins, it seems obvious that the coalition, supported by the West and by the international community, is intentionally bombing and killing civilians using American and European weapons.”
YEMEN. Sana’a & Sa’dah & Mothalath Aa’him. September 2015. Markets, hospitals, 1,400 year-old World Heritage Sites (UNESCO), airports, roads and residential houses destroyed by the raids of the Saudi-led coalition on a daily basis. The north of the country is particularly affected.
“The raids of the Saudi-led coalition constantly hit densely populated areas, terrorising, destroying and killing. Over 1.5 million people have had to leave their homes and move into dilapidated refugee camps, with virtually no support from international organisations.
Looking at the ruins, it seems obvious that the coalition, supported by the West and by the international community, is intentionally bombing and killing civilians using American and European weapons.”
There are few starker ways to internalize the true cost of war than examining it through the eyes of a child. UNICEF was keenly aware of this when they decided to place a camera in the hands of Yemeni boy Abdullah. Abdullah, 12, took pictures of his hometown, Aden, which has been devastated by airstrikes. His captions show just how personal and tragic this conflict is.