The Arabia Felix, known since the time of the ancient Romans for its incense, myrrh and lucrative commercial trades, is now a distant memory as, above all, in Yemen today there is death, suffering and the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

The ongoing conflict between the Houthi Shiite rebels supported by Iran and the Yemeni Sunni government supported by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition has been going on for almost 4 years, causing the death of at least 10,000 people. Over two million have been displaced. In a nation of nearly 29 million, 22 million Yemenis are in need of humanitarian assistance, according to the UN. For over two years the Ministry of Health has not been paying salaries and more than half of Yemen’s hospitals are closed or partly functioning. Yemen’s depleted health system relies on humanitarian organization to provide medical care, but the country is on the brink of famine. One third of the population is experiencing a severe lack of food; there are those who die at home of food poisoning caused by contaminated food, others who do not have access to safe drinking water. A report from Save the Children has found that, in the last 3 years, almost 85,000 children have starved to death as a result of Yemen’s civil war. In this context, civilians are enduring an inhuman situation, deliberately targeted by aerial bombardments, snipers, crossfire and stray bullets. Since the war began, 2,500 schools have been bombed, closed, used for military purposes, or turned into shelters. Currently two million school-age children are not enrolled in school. From Ad Dhale, a stronghold of the Salafi Resistance loyal to president Hadi, to the outskirts of Taiz, an ancient city in the Southwest under siege by the Houthi rebels for 3 years, my documentation aims to give an intimate look inside the country, where civil war has trapped civilians in a life of violence and disease.

YEMEN UNVEILED (2018)