We are captives of a pandemic affecting all of us globally. The entire world is aware of the struggle humanity is facing to beat COVID-19. However, the world has closed its eyes to the atrocities Yemen is facing. It has been 5 years since Yemen has been devastated by war and left its residents to face one of the worst humanitarian crises the world has ever seen. Yemen has been an unfortunate victim of years of political instability, poverty, underdevelopment, and a general lack of proper governance and civilian control.
While civilian casualties are a cause for heartbreak and concern among the Yemeni population, the country is also a victim of cholera and Famine. Facing one of the worst outbreaks in the history of the world it has had a devastating effect on Yemen. According to the statistics provided by UNICEF, 24 million people have been left devastated by the humanitarian crisis. This is about 80 percent of the entire Yemeni population. Looking over the impact of COVID-19 on the Yemen humanitarian crisis, there has been a catastrophic number of children, 10.2 million, with no access to basic healthcare. 
Yemen is a country ravaged by war and its poor condition has been escalated by the silence of its brothers. While the unification of Yemen is a long-forgotten dream by now, the tragedy remains that no Muslim country has stood up in support of Yemen. Instead, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are fighting over the fragmented pieces of Yemen. They are both struggling for control over Yemen’s south where UAE is in support of a separatist movement that is fighting for independent control over South Yemen. While Saudi Arabia is trying to exercise its control over Yemen through a coalition of states in Yemen against the Houthis rebel group. Instead of joining hands to tackle the Yemen crisis, Saudi Arabia and UAE are fighting over the spoils of war.  The Human Rights Watch has already recorded at-least 90 illegal Saudi led coalition airstrikes on Yemen while the Yemen Data Project reports an even more devastating figure of 20,100 airstrikes.
The people of Yemen are unwitting victims of a power game being played by the Houthi forces and the different UAE, Saudi, and Yemeni government-backed armed groups.  These rebels and groups have victimized different political figures perceived to be important in the war and abused children, detainees, and civilians. The Yemeni population has become victims of war and now a humanitarian crisis. According to the UN Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen, it was reported that UAE and the armed groups backed by UAE practiced torture techniques and sexual violence in the detention facilities they have had control over. However, as of February 2020, UAE has slowly phased its military influence out of Yemen but still holds a considerable amount of power in resolving the conflict in Yemen. 
The humanitarian crisis has been further worsened by the Saudi led coalition’s restrictions imposed on Houthi controlled territories and has intensified the poor conditions of the Yemeni population by stopping the inflow of UN rations and diverting fuel tankers. This fuel is necessary for running the hospitals by powering the generators and pumping water to homes. 
The information about the Yemen crisis had always been restricted since the Saudi led coalition forces have imposed restrictions on UN flights to Houthi controlled Yemen areas since May 2017. This coalition has also led the Sanaa International Airport to stay closed from August 2016. All of this has led to a severe block in the flow of information leaving Yemen and reaching the rest of the world about the terrible conditions of Yemen.
While focusing on other Muslim countries’ roles in the Yemen Crisis, Saudi Ambassador publicly thanked Bangladesh on its support for Saudi Arabia on the Yemen Crisis.  Unlike Bangladesh, Pakistan never showed its support of Saudi tactics but unfortunately maintained a passively neutral stance on the Yemen issue and never spoke for the Muslim country. The Muslim community has sadly remained quiet in the wake of the atrocities committed in Yemen and this cycle has still not ended. Afghanistan also publicly announced its support for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the Yemen crisis.  While Saudi Arabia promotes the desire to install a democratic government in Yemen. The five-year-long war has still not yielded any positive results for Yemen. Turkey has also started increasing its presence in the Yemen coastal areas, this is a move that is being financed and supported by Qatar as well.  Muslim countries instead of trying to resolve the conflict are trying to maintain a foothold of power in Yemen with a complete disregard for de-escalating the situation. The Houthi rebel group is infamously backed by Iran and is said to be used by Iran as a powerful tool against its most bitter rival, Saudi Arabia. Muslim countries are fighting over the scraps of Yemen while Yemen is caught in the middle. Its population dying from either famine or disease. Kuwait has also taken a more positive stance in the Yemen Crisis. Traditionally Kuwait has always maintained close ties with Iran which is backing the Houthi Rebel group in the Yemen Crisis. However, Kuwait has expressed unease over the role Iran is playing in the Yemen crisis.  While Kuwait initially is said to have contributed 15 fighter jets to the war in Yemen, it has since then taken a step back and expressed grave concern over the threat posed by the Houthi Rebel group. The Kuwaiti Foreign Prime minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Hamad al-Sabah proposed peace talks in Yemen to end the war, saying that now the only possible course of action to resolve the Yemen crisis is open dialogue.  Egypt has taken a strong stance in supporting the legitimate Yemeni government while helping manage the refugees and helping the Yemeni population. Egypt has openly declared its military and political support to help Yemen resolve its conflicts.  Oman shares a 183 m border with Yemen and has expressed the desire to help resolve the conflict by helping host peace talks between Saudi Arabia and the Houthi Rebel Group. 
Amidst the pandemic with each country struggling to hold on to its economy and not decline into an economic depression, no Muslim country has made any major relief efforts to help Yemen climb out of the poverty-ridden pit it is in. Pakistani Prime Minister, Imran Khan, however, has shown that Pakistan might take a less neutral stance in the future by offering to mediate the conflict arisen between Saudi Arabia and Yemen.  This is the first step to a better future for the Yemeni people.
The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.
As Dante said, Yemen does not benefit from maintaining a neutral stance. We must take a proactive stance to end the crisis in Yemen and send as much aid as possible to help the millions dying in Yemen. This is a time to gather resources and value human life above all. We must all shed our political agendas and the Muslim community must reunite to help the Muslim brothers, sisters, and children dying at the hands of famine, war, and disease.
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