By World BEYOND War, June 2, 2021
The brutal U.S.-backed, Canada-armed, Saudi-led war in Yemen has gone on for over six years. This war has killed almost a quarter of a million people, and Yemen today remains the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. Over 4 million people have been displaced because of the war, and 80% of the population, including 12.2 million children, are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance.
Despite this devastation, despite well-documented evidence of continuing violations of laws of war by the Saudi-led coalition, and despite documentation of the use of Canadian weapons in the war, Canada has continued fuelling the ongoing war in Yemen by continuing arms sales to Saudi Arabia. Canada exported nearly $2.9-billion worth of military equipment to Saudi Arabia in 2019 alone.
UN agencies and humanitarian organizations have repeatedly documented that there is no military solution possible in the current conflict in Yemen. The constant supply of arms to Saudi Arabia only prolongs hostilities, and increases the suffering and numbers of the dead. So why has Canada continued to send weapons to Saudi Arabia?
Watch our webinar from Saturday May 29, 2021, to hear from experts from Yemen, Canada and the U.S — academics, community organizers, and those who have felt the direct impact of the war in Yemen, including:
—Dr. Shireen Al Adeimi – professor of education at Michigan State University, advocate working to encourage political action to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led war on her country of birth, Yemen.
—Hamza Shaiban – Yemeni Canadian community organizer, and member of the #CanadaStopArmingSaudi campaign
—Ahmed Jahaf – Yemeni journalist and artist based in Sana’a
—Azza Rojbi – North African social justice, antiwar, and anti-racism activist living in Canada, author of the book “U.S. & Saudi War on the People of Yemen”, and member of the Editorial Board of the Fire This Time Newspaper writing and researching on Middle Eastern, Yemen and, North African politics.
—Professor Simon Black – organizer with Labour Against the Arms Trade and professor in Labour Studies at Brock University
This event was hosted by the #CanadaStopArmingSaudi campaign, and organized by World BEYOND War, Mobilization Against War & Occupation, and Fire This Time Movement for Social Justice. It was endorsed by: Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, the Hamilton Coalition to Stop the War, Labour Against the Arms Trade, the Yemeni Community of Canada, Palestinian Youth Movement Toronto, Just Peace Advocates/Mouvement Pour Une Paix Juste, Science for Peace, The Canadian BDS Coalition, the Regina Peace Council, Nova Scotia Voice of Women for Peace, People for Peace London, and Pax Christi Toronto.