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Silence Of The Lambs - The Yemeni Tragedy By Imam Nadim Sulaiman Ali

  Silence Of The Lambs - The Yemeni Tragedy By Imam Nadim Sulaiman Ali

Yemen

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More than 60% of civilian deaths have been the result of Saudi-led air strikes,.

- Yemen, one of the Arab world's poorest countries, has been devastated by a civil war.

- More than 6,800 civilians have been killed and at least 10,700 injured since March 2015, the UN says.

- About 75% of the population - 22.2 million people - are in need of humanitarian assistance, including 

       11.3 million people in acute need who urgently require immediate assistance to survive - an increase of 1 million since June 2017.

- Some 17.8 million people do not know where their next meal is coming from and 8.4 million are considered at risk of starvation. 

- Severe acute malnutrition is threatening the lives of almost 400,000 children under the age of five.

Source: BBC News:

The present war in Yemen has become one of most horrific  examples of  man’s inhumanity to man a human chess game with the participants primarily being  locally Saudi Arabia & Iran, and internationally The United States, United Kingdom,  and France.

The issues revolve around the conflict involving Iranian backed Houthi Rebels and the fractured Yemeni government backed by Saudi Arabia with the western supporting cast. In between this tragedy are the vulnerable civilian population who have been displaced and on the verge of starvation.

Yemen  has been the source many contributions to the global Muslim community, and in particular a place where Muslims from the west could attain training in the classical Islamic sciences in a cost effective manner. 

 This country has now been reduced to a man made land of desolation.  How do people who profess to read the same book and produce such different outcomes?  

There are so many issues that the war in Yemen represents it is one of the battle grounds of groups purporting to represent the Muslim Umah. 

These groups demonstrate their representation by blowing up masajid, hospitals, and school buses, and groups like Al-Qaida and ISIL are engaging in this abhorent  behaviors also.

The tragedy in Yemen has the potential to be the flashpoint for a major regional conflict due to the stoking of sectarian sentiments.

How much of your cellular data and online activity is used to be a Muslim change agent?

Allah swt has put so many communications tools at our disposal, but we don't want human rights to get in the way of the newest version of Grand Theft Auto.

We have to do better as people of faith.  We have to show empathy for the people of  Yemen.

We have so much technology literally at our fingertips, but how many elected representative  have you contacted?

We sit in great comfort in the United States while talking about “One Ummah”, but  actualize a form of spiritual Attention Deficit Disorder in regards to the  Yemeni tragedy.

The Muslim world is rife with sectarianism*** and this is antithetic to Islam. The real religion of the perpetrators of  this tragedy is power.

The power hungry participants who have not been able to implement a viable political solution act like cannibals feasting on souls.  How do we stop this tragedy? 

 In the United States congress there is the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act** We have to use the various communication tools at our disposal to express our concerns to the elected officials:

Download the 5 calls app to be able to contact all of your federal level elected officials.

Send letters to the editors, and  op ed columns to your local newspapers, blogs, and podcasts.

Above all remember the people of Yemen in your prayers, and pray for a just solution to this tragedy.

Imam Nadim S. Ali

*    Proxy War-A war instigated by a major power that does not itself become involved.

**. https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/284/text/es

***https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sectarianism

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