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Ahmad Algohbary

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About Ahmad
Yemeni freelance journalist based in the capital Sana'a, Yemen. Nominated for News and Documentary Emmy award 2019. Appalled by rampant hunger. I founded @hope_relief charity.
Arabic English
Documentaries Feature Stories Investigative Journalism
Investigative Reporting Social Fact Checking

Yemeni Activist's Forced Disappearance in Saudi Arabia: Same Fate as Khashoggi?

18 Jun 2023  |  globalstratview.com
Yemeni activist Samira al-Houri, who was previously imprisoned by the Houthi group, was forcibly disappeared by Saudi authorities on April 17, 2022, after refusing to repeat false claims against the Houthis. Her case, revealed by Yemeni politician Ali al-Bukhaiti, highlights Saudi Arabia's policy of silencing dissenting Yemeni activists. Al-Houri's disappearance has not been acknowledged by Saudi officials despite al-Bukhaiti's efforts and a social media campaign. The lack of action from the Saudi-allied Yemeni government and the absence of mainstream media coverage have contributed to the issue's obscurity, drawing parallels to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Yemenis Are Losing Patience and Hope for Any Peace

10 Mar 2023  |  dawnmena.org
Yemenis are increasingly doubtful and frustrated with the peace process as the United Nations' attempts to negotiate an end to the nine-year conflict have repeatedly failed. Despite a U.N.-brokered truce that brought temporary relief, the daily lives of Yemenis remain plagued by economic hardship and a humanitarian crisis, with high malnutrition rates and unmet urgent needs. The truce's provisions, including easing the Saudi-led blockade and paying public servant salaries, have not been fully implemented, exacerbating the suffering. Public sector employees have not received salaries since 2016, affecting millions. The U.N. and warring parties are criticized for not prioritizing civilian needs, and despite the formal end of the truce, the blockade continues, contributing to the humanitarian crisis. Yemenis feel held hostage by peace negotiations that fail to address their immediate needs, and many have lost hope that their urgent needs will ever be met.

Yemenis say Biden's visit to Saudi Arabia shows he doesn't care about their plight

15 Jul 2022  |  middleeasteye.net
Yemeni anti-war campaigners have criticized US President Joe Biden's visit to Saudi Arabia, accusing him of betraying his values and showing indifference to Yemen's suffering. Biden's trip, which included a meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was seen as prioritizing US interests, such as addressing high gas prices and forming a regional front against Iran, over the Yemeni humanitarian crisis. Despite Biden's claims of striving for peace in Yemen, activists believe the visit will likely result in renewed US military support for Saudi Arabia. Efforts in Washington to end US support for the Saudi-led coalition have gained momentum, but Yemenis remain skeptical of the US's role as a peace broker.

Yemen bus massacre: How a joyful excursion ended in sheer horror.

16 Aug 2023  |  Al Jazeera
The article recounts the tragic incident in Dahyan, Yemen, where a school bus carrying children was hit by an air strike, resulting in the death of 40 children. Mokhtar al-Jaradi, an eight-year-old survivor, recalls the horrific scene and the loss of his friends. The attack sparked outrage and protests in Yemen, with many calling for justice and condemning the Saudi-UAE coalition, which has been involved in the Yemen conflict since March 2015. Despite the coalition's claim of hitting a legitimate military target, evidence suggests a US-made bomb was used, raising questions about the US's role in the conflict. The article includes personal stories from survivors and victims' families, who express their grief and desire for revenge. The UN has blacklisted the Saudi-UAE alliance for child casualties, and there are calls for the US to reevaluate its support for the coalition.

Yemen at 'point of no return' as conflict leaves almost 7 million close to famine

16 Mar 2017  |  www.theguardian.com
The article reports on the severe humanitarian crisis in Yemen, where 17 million people are at risk of famine without immediate aid. The UN has classified 6.8 million people as being in a state of emergency, with 10.2 million in crisis, marking a 21% increase in hunger since June 2016. The conflict-ridden governorates of Taiz and Hodeidah are particularly at risk. Save the Children's spokesperson, Mark Kaye, emphasizes the urgency of the situation and the need for both humanitarian aid and political solutions to ensure food and supplies reach those in need. The article also highlights the Saudi-led coalition's blockade and the Houthi rebels' actions that exacerbate the crisis. Personal stories from Yemeni citizens illustrate the dire conditions and the struggle for survival. Aid organizations like Oxfam call for immediate action to prevent famine and end the conflict.

Article published in the Guardian about the suffering of people in Hodeidah, Yemen.

08 Feb 2017  |  www.theguardian.com
The article focuses on the dire situation in Yemen, particularly in the al-Hudaydah governorate, where the conflict has severely impacted the livelihoods and food security of the residents. Taie al-Nahari, once a fisherman, now makes brooms for a meager income due to the destruction of fishing boats by Saudi jets. The UN has launched a $2.1 billion appeal to prevent famine in Yemen, where millions are acutely malnourished. The article shares personal stories of those affected, including a grandmother caring for grandsons with thalassemia, a disabled woman whose family is struggling to survive, and a man who lost his family in a bombing. The piece highlights the widespread poverty, lack of food, and fear among the people due to the ongoing conflict and bombings by the Saudi-led coalition.

360 short documentary filmed in Sana'a and Hodeidah Yemen by Ahmad Algohbary and Manal Qaed. It has been nominated for News and Documentary Emmy 2019.


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