Since 2015, the Saudi-led coalition war effort has greatly exacerbated the political crisis in Yemen. The heavy bombardment by this coalition has led to many civilian casualties. The blockades and the predicted starvation are another grim outcome of this war. In this round table we would like to shed more light on the plight of the Yemeni population.
Questions that will be looked at are: in what other ways has this war impacted daily lives of civilians? How are they coping with the ongoing violence? What migratory patterns, if any, have emerged? And what are possible ways to end this war? What role do women play in peace negotiations? How can the country be rebuilt in case the war does end? These questions will be addressed by Marina de Regt, Dirk Wanrooij and Sara Ishaq.
Marina de Regt studied Cultural Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. She lived six years in Yemen after which she pursued her PhD studies. Her dissertation Pioneers or Pawns? Women Health Workers and the Politics of Development in Yemen was published by Syracuse University Press (2007). From 2003-2006 she did research about migrant domestic workers in Yemen, about which she published extensively. Together with Arda Nederveen she made a short documentary Young and Invisible: African Domestic Workers in Yemen (2007). Marina is Assistant Professor at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, specialized on gender, development and migration issues in Yemen and Ethiopia.
Sara Ishaq is an Oscar & BAFTA nominated Scottish-Yemeni filmmaker, currently based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She pursued her higher education (MA / MFA) at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. From 2011 onwards, she filmed several BBC news items and documentaries, co-founded the Yemen-based media collective #SupportYemen and directed her award-winning independent films, Karama Has No Walls (2012) & The Mulberry House (2013). In 2015, she co-launched Comra Doc Camp, the first creative filmmaking training camp in Yemen and in 2017 founded a Yemen-based production company/film community called Comra Films dedicated to producing creative films and teaching filmmaking. She is currently developing her first fiction feature film.
Dirk Wanrooij was born in Yemen and lived there for three years. His early childhood in Yemen led him to study Arabic and Middle Studies at the University of Amsterdam. During the Arab Spring he lived and worked in Cairo as an Arab world correspondent. His first book on the Egyptian uprisings (in Dutch) was published in 2015. He is currently working on a book about Yemen.
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