Let us not forget the world's biggest humanitarian crisis

For more than seven years, there has been an armed conflict in Yemen and millions of people in the country are in need of humanitarian aid. Today, the fighting is primarily a struggle between the Huthi movement and the country's authorities. Photo: Ibrahim Qasim. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Of: Alva Westlund

While much of the world's attention has been turned to new conflicts and other humanitarian crises, the humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen is still a fact and far too serious to be forgotten. It writes Alva Westlund, regional administrator for the Middle East and North Africa at the International Committee of the Red Cross.

May 3, 2022, Debate

Week 14: Debaters critical of aid being used for refugee reception

"If Sweden is to continue to be seen as a pioneering country in development aid, we must be prepared to lead - not by creatively trying to circumvent the main purpose of development aid." Several leaders of Swedish aid organizations write about the government's announcement that Sweden's refugee reception should be able to be deducted from the aid. Pictured: informal settlements in Yemen. Photo: EU Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid. Source: Flickr.

Of: Fanny Andersson and Julia Lundén Azzeddine

The leadership continues to be largely dominated by political consequences stemming from Russia's war against Ukraine. But now voices are also beginning to be raised about Swedish development assistance and the need to also focus on other humanitarian issues.

April 11, 2022, Current debate

Week 23: Increased nationalism, EU migration policy and criticism of arms exports to Yemen

Of: Jennie Aradszky

This week, migration policy in Sweden and at EU level has been debated. Nationalism and closed borders have increased within the EU and in Sweden there is a proposal for a new Aliens Act which, according to a large number of researchers, goes completely against the knowledge about migration and integration. Swedish arms exports have also been discussed and criticized with reference to the war in Yemen.

June 14, 2021, Current debate

The double standard in Swedish arms exports

Continued arms exports to the war in Yemen. Photo: Felton Davis, Flickr, CC BY 2.0

Of: Hanna Kristiansen

In the government's foreign policy debate at the end of February, the focus was on Sweden's involvement through humanitarian aid in the serious conflict in Yemen. At the same time, the export of Swedish munitions to the warring parties continues, which contributes to human rights violations. Sweden's arms exports are in sharp contrast to the development policy adopted by the Riksdag, says Magnus Walan, senior policy adviser at Diakonia

May 3, 2021, Report

Week 11: Poverty increases and fossil fuels must be banned

Of: Nagaad Kadir Abdimaxmud

Last week, the development aid debate flared up once again as a result of a bill passed in the European Parliament. At the same time, global poverty is increasing, not least in Yemen, where the war is still going on. It has also been discussed whether a ban on fossil fuels could have faster effects in combating climate change.

March 22, 2021, Current debate

Debaters call for Swedish leadership in humanitarian aid

Uganda Red Cross

Countries without access to clean water, soap and medicines now need support more than ever before, several debaters write. Photo: Anna Dubuis / DFID

Of: Rebecka Rönnegård

The Corona pandemic makes it more important than ever that Sweden acts as a humanitarian superpower. That was the message on several opinion pages a week. At the same time, a debater pointed out that we must not forget other news, such as that Saab continues to sell weapons to the Yemeni war.

April 16, 2020, Current debate

Debaters are calling for emergency humanitarian aid in Yemen and Myanmar

Refugee camp in western Burma

The Rohingya who are on the run in Burma are in great need of humanitarian aid. Photo: DFID Burma (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Of: Joanna Jimenez

This week's debate draws attention to two current conflicts that call for urgent international humanitarian support - the war in Yemen and the persecution of Rohingya in Myanmar. In addition, Swedish aid to Tanzania and several threats to women's rights are discussed.

November 21, 2018, Current debate

Sweden - arms exporter and peace broker?

Said Mohammed stands at his son's grave in Yemen.

Said Mohammed's 8-month-old son starved to death during the ongoing war in Yemen. Photo: Nariman El-Mofty, AP (CC BY 2.0 License)

Of: Karl Follin

Swedish arms exports contribute, according to some, to what has been described as the worst humanitarian crisis in modern times: the war in Yemen. At the same time, many are putting their hopes in future peace negotiations - with the help of Sweden.

November 7, 2018, Current debate