Yemen today

22 Apr 2017

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Villa Vassilieff

Paris, France


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Roundtable moderated by Anahi Alviso-Marino (curator of the exhibtion One of Many Stories) with Nasser al-Aswadi (artist), Laurent Bonnefoy (political scientist), Franck Mermier (anthropologist) and Marine Poirier (political scientist).


This round-table dis­cus­sion aims at addressing one of the ele­ments that under­pins the exhi­bi­tion One of many sto­ries: Yemen’s cur­rent war sit­u­a­tion.
Since the end of 2014 and the begin­ning of 2015, the mil­i­tary offen­sive con­ducted by the Houthis against Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s gov­ern­ment has been inten­si­fying in order to push back the tran­si­tional pro­cess that has been ini­ti­ated under the latter’s pres­i­dency in 2012. In 2015, the res­ig­na­tion of both the President and the gov­ern­ment pre­cip­i­tated the country in an unprece­dented crisis. “De­ci­sive Storm”; a mil­i­tary inter­ven­tion led by Saudi Arabia with the sup­port of the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrein, Kuwait, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Sudan was launched during the night from March 25 to March 26, 2015. Today, the bomb­ings per­sist, the Yemeni his­tor­ical her­itage is being destroyed by mil­i­tary attacks, and the number of civil vic­tims increases while corpses con­tinue accu­mu­lating in some of the streets of the country. The ongoing bomb­ings con­tinue to diminish the prospect that the con­flict would end rapidly. The speakers of this round-table dis­cus­sion will bring to con­ver­sa­tion ele­ments that con­tex­tu­alize the ongoing bomb­ings in Yemen. They will also con­tex­tu­alize, from their own area of exper­tise, a close-reading of some of the doc­u­ments that are dis­played in the exhi­bi­tion.

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