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Maad Al-Zekri is an independent Yemeni journalist based in Sana'a. I am a 2019 Pulitzer Prize winner for international reporting for a year-long coverage of the war in Yemen with the Associated Press team. I am an independent Yemeni journalist based in Sana'a. Over the past 10 years, I worked as a photographer, video journalist, and a researcher for different local and international media and UN organizations. I have reported and visually documented multiple aspects of Yemen’s civil war. I have travelled to multiple areas around the country to cover the spread of hunger and cholera and the plight of those displaced by the war.
My March 2016 photo of a severely malnourished infant, Udai Faisal, at a Sanaa hospital became an iconic image that brought home to readers around the world the horrors of the near-famine created by the war.

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After two years of the conflict in Yemen, children in the country are sadly starting a third year of violence and brutality. More than half of the 3 million displaced people are children. They were forced to flee their homes, some of them narrowly cheating death from bullets and bombs and now live in squalid conditions with little food, water and without regular schooling. Parties to the conflict must spare children but what is really needed is an end to the conflict.


The United Arab Emirates and Yemeni forces run a secret network of prisons where prisoners are brutally tortured. The U.S. has questioned some detainees, and have regular access to their testimony -- a potential violation of international law. (June 21)

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Udai Faisal, an infant who is suffering from acute malnutrition, is hospitalized at Al-Sabeen Hospital in Sanaa, Yemen, on March 22, 2016. Udai died on March 24. Hunger has been the most horrific consequence of Yemen's conflict and has spiraled since Saudi Arabia and its allies, backed by the U.S., launched a campaign of airstrikes and a naval blockade a year ago. (AP Photo/Maad al-Zikry


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