Observations « participantes » de Marc Lavergne chercheur au CNRS / An insider’s view about the course of events in the Middle East and the Horn of Africa

Séminaire MSF du 30 mars 2018 consacré à la situation humanitaire au Yémen


Yemen seminar Reality and humanitarian issues

« Yemen at the verge of famine », « Yemen the biggest humanitarian disaster of the century », « Yemen, a hidden conflict », these shocking headlines are used to describe this conflict that has lasted more than three years. But what is happening really? To answer this question, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has invited various specialists of Yemen – researchers, humanitarians, journalists – who, each in their respective fields, will shed light on the situation today.

This seminar, open to office employees, will take place on Friday, March 30, 2018 from 10am to 16:30pm at 8 rue Saint-Sabin, in the 1st floor room. (Bilingual: French-English)


10.00 am KEYNOTE SPEECH   10.30 am- Restriction of action for humanitarian actors and journalists Facilitator: Claire Magone, MSF Head of communication

The struggle for information in Yemen: restrictions of access for journalists, the difficulty of documenting the conflict on the ground Speaker: Iona Craig- Independent journalist   A snapshot of the humanitarian situation:  What access for MSF in Yemen, what are the working conditions in the North and in the South, main achievements and obstacles  Speaker: Ghassan Abu Chaar – MSF Head of Mission in Yemen   The Houthi and the Saudi propaganda mechanism Speaker: Nawal Al-Maghafi – BBC correspondent

12.30 pm- 1.30 pm  LUNCH BREAK

1.30 pm – Situation of Yemen today Facilitator: Marc Lavergne, Senior Research Fellow (CNRS), Middle East/Horn of Africa

The actors in the conflict, their means and the cost of war for the population  Speaker: Donatella Rovera – Amnesty International Senior crisis response Adviser   Is there famine in Yemen? Presentation of MSF report « Nutritional situation analysis for MSF in Yemen, dec. 2017» Speaker: Séverine Frison – Epidemiologist at Epicentre

Aid mechanism and the blockade consequences Speaker: Peter Salisbury – journalist/analyst

3.00 pm – What future for Yemen? Facilitator: Michael Neuman, Director of Studies at CRASH/MSF

A review of today’s situation and prospects for 2018 Speaker: Laurent Bonnefoy -CNRS Researcher, Yemen specialist   Advocacy actions in France for Yemen Speaker: Abdessalam Kleiche – International alliance for the defense of rights and freedom


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