David Sladek

Photographer, journalist
   
March for Yemen, London, 05/07/2020
Location: Surrey, UK
Nationality: Czech
Biography: David Sládek is Czech independent photojournalist and photodocumentarist living in London and a former reporter for the Czech News Agency. Since moving to London more than a decade ago he has been focusing his photographic work on life of... read on
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March for Yemen, London, 05/07/2020
Copyright david sladek 2021
Date of Work 07/05/20 - 07/05/20
Updated 07/05/20
Location London, UK
Hundreds of Yemenis marched in London on Sunday to call for peace in Yemen and end to humanitarian catastrophe brought about by years long conflict between the Houthis and a coalition led by Saudi Arabia. Protesters voiced anger with the UK for selling the Saudi kingdom weapons worth billions of pounds while the country is destroyed by massive famine which, as per aid workers, could become the worst in living memory. On Parliament Square the Yemeni demonstration was joined by hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters.

UPDATE: Only two days later, the British government announced it will resume sale of arms to Saudi Arabia and that an official review concluded there had been only “isolated incidents” of airstrikes in Yemen that breached humanitarian law.

As per The Guardian, Thousands of civilians have been killed since the civil war in Yemen began in March 2015 with indiscriminate bombing by a Saudi-led coalition that is supplied by western arms makers. The kingdom’s air force is accused of being responsible for many of the 12,600 deaths in targeted attacks. 

Meanwhile, the famine in the country has grown into biblical proportions. According to Mark Lowcock, the United Nations emergency relief coordinator, UN agencies were already feeding 13 million people, amid a funding crisis that is threatening to many people before the impact of coronavirus is even taken into consideration.

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