The unhurried media scoop in Yemen
GUERRA CONTRA YEMEN - Parte 2
After five long years of bombings and crimes, peace, at least as hope, could return. A peace in the midst of the rubble, which after increased hatred will never forgive the guilty or exempt the accomplices.
Second of six articles through which we try to shed some light on an atrocious conflict, silent and forgotten by the West.
The unhurried media scoop in Yemen is characteristic of an invasion. A circumstance in which the Power acts and aligns all the sectors it controls. The media, in this case, and its silence, more specifically. A tragedy of colossal dimensions, which goes unnoticed.
A merciless encirclement
Hunger, yes, for many inadmissible in these advanced times of the 21st century. But time does not always slide backwards and forwards. That arduous riddle was more or less solved since the dawn of the first civilizations.
Little or nothing separates, for example, the sieges of the European Middle Ages from those undertaken or seconded in our days by Europeans themselves. Or by their allies, such as Saudi Arabia, a country that so closely resembles the European feudal lordship where a small group of sheikhs graze their flock of oil wells.
There is little or no difference between the barbarism of yesterday’s peripheries and the tailor-made justice that characterizes the contemporary civilized. And yesterday or today, whether promoted by this one or that one, Yemen’s is one of the worst and most merciless encirclements.
Death in the backyard
An aid agency, quoted by the United Nations (UN) (UN News, 2018), estimated that one hundred and thirty children died every day from hunger and extreme diseases at the end of 2017. That is, about fifty thousand a year. These are calculations made based on registered deaths, which are a fraction, surely, minimal.
The reason? If anything, half of the health facilities operate; more than seven hundred were closed. Those that do operate do so without resources, with insufficient personnel. Poverty is such that a good number of Yemenis have no access to them.
So death, like the generality of war, remains hidden. The intense invisible war outside, in the streets; the unrecorded dead in the backyards of homes.
Hatred in the time of cholera
Along with famine, cholera, diphtheria and other infectious outbreaks. Yemen recorded, in 2017, more than one million cases of cholera and acute watery diarrhea (WHO, 2018). Between January and mid-March this year, there were 109 000 suspected cases. And 190 deaths were associated with cholera. A terrible disease (UN News, 2019), preventable, treatable and eradicable, which spreads because the country is denied, including compassion.
Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza’s unquenchable love took place in the times of cholera in an imaginary Cartagena. Today’s contagion in Yemen is a tragically tangible pandemic that devastates a land of proven and ancestral existence. Illusory in the story of cancellation (or non-telling) of the aggressors. Hatred in the time of cholera!
The unhurried media scoop in Yemen
Those omnipotent, omnipresent media, with state-of-the-art communication and information technologies at full disposal, missed “the world’s worst humanitarian crisis”, according to the UN (2018). No more, no less.
It was only when journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered inside the Saudi Arabian embassy in Istanbul that several media asked themselves some questions. They wondered if perhaps the exalted misogynist and repressive kingdom of the Saudis, apart from energizing the economies of casinos and showbiz lupanars on the Costa del Sol and shining in its melodramatic headlines, would engage in other movie misdeeds. It did not take long to prove it. One or the other suddenly stumbled upon Yemen.
Once upon a time, journalists flew in with U.S. troops to cover their heroic war on terror (Afghanistan, 2001). Another time, where they helped convince their citizens of the hoax that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction (Iraq, 2003).
And it is a recent and contemporary age where they have misrepresented and sensationalized the war against Bashar al-Asad (Syria, 2011). But something different happens with Yemen: Coverage of the conflict […] has been sporadic and simplistic [“Coverage of the conflict (…) has been sporadic and simplistic”] (Columbia Journalism Review, 2019).
Figures of excess
The Minister of Health of the Government of National Salvation of Yemen, Dr. Taha al-Mutavakel, in August, estimated at 140 000 las víctimas civiles, since 2015 (Hispantv, 2019).
The Displacement Monitoring Matrix (DTM, 2019) of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) estimates that there are 3.6 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) (607,865 households) scattered in the twenty-two provinces of Yemen. More than 22 million people need humanitarian aid (Amnesty International, 2019)
There have been more than six thousand airstrikes against non-combatant targets. As of today, October 21, 2019, after 1696 days of coalition “campaign” against Yemen, there have been 20 233 air raids.
17 100 people were killed in 2015. 15 100 in 2016. 16 800 in 2017 and 30 800 in 2018. Up to June 2019, another 11 900. That is 91 700 dead, approximately, in just over three years. Those registered, of course.
Of immoderation and other figures
The figures of immoderation are not the product of inventiveness. They correspond to the databases of the Yemen Data Project (YDP) and the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED).
Two institutions announced with noble goals, albeit linked to funds that are obvious ties, such as the Office of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (OSC) of the U.S. State Department. Both projects receive grants from the European Union (European Research Council).
Rather, if the data lie, and it is likely that they do, it will not be in favor of exaggerating the figures, but of the opposite: of lowering them.
If the aggression does not stop, the number of dead could exceed half a million by 2020, according to the UN. The coalition, which claimed to focus on cruel crusader measures against the Houthi rebels, in the nonsense is killing civilians without contemplation.
The infamous coalition collapsed the already modest national income. His voracity destroyed infrastructures and prevents the provision of basic services. It razed the millenary cultural and patrimonial wealth, one of the most invaluable, just as the “redeemers” did in Iraq and Syria. And it has reversed Yemen’s human development for more than two decades (UNDP).
If the media didn’t see the infamy-ridden artifacts exploding everywhere, how could they notice the dire economic warfare in the background, even if it killed more than bombs and caused such famine and plagues?
But the banned cluster bombs left no trace, invisible are the results of the massacres. The living disappeared by the thousands and so did the piles of dead. The media did not see the devices crammed with infamy exploding everywhere.
How could the mainstream media notice the atrocious economic warfare in the background, even if it killed more than the bombs and caused such famine and pestilence?
The billions of dollars going into the pockets of political leaders, companies and businessmen halfway around the world obscure the iniquities committed against Yemen.
The keen Western media, which perceive communist, Russian, Chinese and Iranian scares everywhere, do not see the gigantic savagery perpetrated by their allies. Their governments, or the allies of their governments. Or those of their owners, which are the same thing.
Is the unhurried media scoop in Yemen. Saudi capitals cut visibility much more than the secular sand and dust storms of the region.