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Soldiers block roads and burn tires in protest against unpaid salaries in Yemen's southern city of Aden. Image by Iona Craig. Yemen, 2017.
Soldiers block roads and burn tires in protest against unpaid salaries in Yemen's southern city of Aden. Image by Iona Craig. Yemen, 2017.

A conflict that began in 2014 as a domestic political struggle between two presidents has sucked the Middle East's poorest country into a lethal regional power play.

Two years into a devastating aerial bombing campaign, plus a deeply divisive ground war, and it is Yemen's civilian population who are paying the heaviest price. More than 18.8 million Yemenis are now in need of humanitarian aid. Famine and a cholera epidemic now loom.

While the rebel-held north of the country remains under heavy bombardment the battle for the central city of Taiz continues after a year-long siege. Meanwhile the south—supposedly under the control of a president still in exile—has turned on another foe, Yemen's al-Qaeda branch and the so-called Islamic State. Young men, radicalized amidst the violence, have wreaked havoc with a stream of deadly suicide attacks.

Journalist Iona Craig's project looks at Yemen's increasingly fragmented, multi-national conflict and the catastrophic impact on the civilian population.

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