War, Plague and Famine Ride Over Yemen

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Billed the “forgotten child” of the Middle East, Yemen is ensnared in a three-year old civil war with no end in sight. Despite haphazard international attempts to mediate a ceasefire, the prospects for reconciliation remain bleak, and Yemeni citizens continue to face a catastrophic humanitarian crisis. All the while, the world sits idly by as the number of civilian casualties mounts daily.

“Unfortunately, Yemen has been the bastard (neglected) stepchild of the Middle East for the last 50 years,” says Rob Richer, Cipher Brief expert who spent two years stationed in Yemen during the 1980s as the CIA’s Middle East Chief.

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