The Nation

War Crimes in Our Name: A Q&A With Shireen Al-Adeimi

The outspoken advocate details the plight of her native Yemen—and explains what needs to happen to avoid further disaster.

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A MILITARY COALITION led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates—with training, weapons, and technical support from the United States and United Kingdom—has been waging a brutal war against Yemen. It has caused the world’s worst humanitarian crisis: So far, more than 100,000 children have died of starvation, malnutrition, and disease as a result.

Since the Saudi strikes began in 2015, Shireen Al-Adeimi, a professor of education at Michigan State University, has been at the forefront of anti-intervention efforts. For her, this activism is personal; she grew up in Yemen, and her extended family remains scattered across the country. Al-Adeimi has launched petitions, written op-eds, given talks, and updated her growing Twitter following on efforts to curb the US’s role in the war, which recently took a positive turn as the Senate passed a resolution demanding that the military end its support for the Saudi-led coalition. I caught up with her recently to ask about her advocacy and the urgency of the situation.


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