Ciaran Ryan | Moneyweb | 4 March 2021
New Open Secrets report says South Africans should demand an end to the flow of weapons to this tragedy.
Yemen is the locus of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, leaving 80% of the population in need of humanitarian help.
Schools, factories and hospitals have been destroyed and there is evidence that civilians have been deliberately targeted. It’s a complex conflict with abuses on all sides. In September 2020, a UN report concluded that both Saudi Arabia and the UAE, along with the government of Yemen and secessionist forces, have committed acts that may amount to war crimes. These actions include targeting and murdering civilians, rape and sexual violence, torture, and use of child soldiers.
A new report by Open Secrets, a non-profit group investigating and exposing economic crimes, shows SA arms companies have profited from the Yemen conflict to the tune of R11 billion since 2010, most of this coming since 2014.