The roots of conflict and disaster in Yemen

“Ruling Yemen is like dancing on the head of snakes” Ali Abdullah Saleh (1942~2017), former president of Yemen A country strategically located in the Middle East, Yemen is home to an ancient civilisation mentioned in the Holy Scriptures. Its rich culture introduced coffee and frankincense to the world, and its people built the world’s first skyscrapers. Despite such marvels, this Arab nation remains mired in poverty, starvation and bloodshed. In ancient times, the country was known as Arabia Felix, Latin for happy or flourishing, but today’s Yemen is neither happy nor fortunate as it faces the world’s worst man-made humanitarian disaster. According to the UN, at…