The humanitarian crisis in Yemen grows more catastrophic each day. Fighting and indiscriminate airstrikes have harmed civilians, medical facilities, and critical infrastructure, disabling the only international airport in the country. These attacks, along with an unwavering blockade, have crippled Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières's (MSF's) ability to access people who are in dire need of care, as it is nearly impossible to get supplies and aid workers into the country. Fuel is all but unavailable, making it increasingly difficult for Yemenis to seek medical care, or even access clean drinking water. Since fighting broke out, more than 1,500 people have been killed, and MSF has treated more than 1,600 wounded by the fighting and bombings.
On May 28, 2015, a panel of experts from MSF, Human Rights Watch and International Crisis Group discussed the current situation on the ground, and what immediate action needs to be taken to address the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.
Robert Blecher, deputy program director, Middle East and North Africa, for International Crisis Group.
Philippe Bolopion, United Nations and crisis advocacy director for Human Rights Watch.
Pablo Marco, Yemen operations manager for MSF, and recently returned from Sana'a.
Phil Zabriskie, editorial director for MSF-USA, will moderate the discussion.