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“Hunger Ward” Screening with Q&A.

The Crisis in Yemen

An article by Kate Demsey discusses the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Yemen, which has been labeled by the United Nations as the worst in the world. It highlights the devastating impact of the crisis on children and the efforts of humanitarian organizations like Humanity for Relief and Development to address it. 

The article also covers the screening of the documentary “Hunger Ward” by Brooklyn College’s Bridges for Yemen club, which aims to raise awareness of the crisis. Here is a summarized version of the article, but if you want to read the full version, you can click here.

As for a summarized version, the article states:

Yemen is currently facing the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, according to the United Nations. After nine years of civil conflict, over 21 million people, or two-thirds of the country, require humanitarian aid. The crisis has had a particularly devastating impact on children, with 2.2 million children under the age of five requiring treatment for acute malnutrition, and many Yemenis on the brink of starvation.

In order to raise awareness of this crisis, the Bridges for Yemen club at Brooklyn College recently hosted a screening of the Oscar-nominated documentary “Hunger Ward.” The film follows Dr. Aida Alsadeeq and nurse Mekkia Mahdi as they work in hunger treatment facilities for children in the northern and southern parts of Yemen. The screening was followed by a Q&A discussion with the film’s director, Skye Fitzgerald.

The documentary is distressing and heartbreaking, as it portrays multiple children suffering from wounds or extreme malnutrition, and some dying. However, it is also necessary viewing, as it helps to raise awareness of the situation and give a voice to those affected.

Humanity for Relief and Development, a non-profit organization that operates in Yemen, Pakistan, and Turkey, has created “Mercy Bakery” and “Mercy Kitchen” in affected areas, providing daily food for impoverished communities. The organization’s focus is solely on humanitarian aid and began with giving out free bread. It has now served over 26,000 people in Yemen alone.

The purpose of the documentary is not only to raise awareness about the crisis and provide a platform for the voiceless, but also to spark change by getting more people to help the cause. Fitzgerald encourages viewers to use the tools they have readily available to make a difference.

It’s important to remember that we can all play a role in helping to alleviate this crisis. Whether it’s by donating to humanitarian organizations or raising awareness through social media or community events, every little bit helps. By working together, we can ensure that the voices of the Yemeni people are heard and that steps are taken to address this ongoing crisis.

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