Stand With Yemen: Enough War!

May 13, 2015

Since March 26, Yemenis have endured a U.S./Saudi air war and siege, in a conflict that has so far killed at least 1,500 people and displaced 300,000 civilians. We are asking people to send a message of solidarity to Yemen - ON THURSDAY, MAY 14TH - as part of the independent, Yemeni-led campaign Kefaya War ("Enough" War in Arabic). To learn more about the campaign go here or here.

THE ASK:

  • On Thursday, May 13th, take a photograph of yourself holding a sign that says "Kefaya War" with a personalized message. For example "Solidarity from Maine. Kefaya War."
  • Post this photograph to social media platforms you are part of, including Twitter and Facebook.
  • Use the hashtag #KefayaWar and if you are on Twitter, tweet at @KefayaWar. If you are on Facebook, tag KefayaWar.

The goal is to have dozens (and perhaps more!) of people sending coordinated message of solidarity on the same day.

WHY:
Since March 26, Yemenis have endured a U.S./Saudi air war and siege, in a conflict that has so far killed at least 1,500 people and displaced 300,000 civilians. The humanitarian crisis is dire, as the Saudi coalition cuts off vital shipments of food, aid, and medical supplies and war planes bomb refugee camps, hospitals, schools, densely populated residential areas, and warehouses storing aid supplies. While a five-day humanitarian ceasefire has been declared, we have yet to see if it holds, and past experience makes us skeptical. Besides, what happens after five days?

Throughout the air bombardments, clashes, and blockades, people across Yemen have taken to social media to vividly document the impacts of the war and to show the world and each other that that their lives count and they want a future rooted in peace and justice. Such communication amounts to many acts of bravery, carried out in the midst of blackouts, air raids, fighting, trauma, and caregiving.

So now we're asking people in our networks, many of whom are based in the United States, to communicate back--to send the message to Yemenis that they are not alone, that we affirm their humanity, and we support the call, "Kefaya War."

We know there is much more work to do, and messages of solidarity are no replacement for a vibrant anti-militarist movement organizing to oppose and transform the U.S. role in the war. But we got word from a key organizer with Kefaya War and Support Yemen Media that, right now, messages of solidarity would be a powerful and meaningful gesture, especially for the people living beneath bombs.

For more information on the situation in Yemen, and the role of the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, please see this list of resources compiled by War Times writer Rami Elamine.

The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the entire War Times project

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