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By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)
7/11/2016 (2 years ago)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)

'The American companies enter a country to steal its wealth and humiliate its people.'

Yemen  has been slammed to the ground again and again. Now, with the nation under Shiite control in one hand and the United States' involvement in the Yemen civil war in the other, anti-America graffiti has begun to pop up.

Yemen capital covered in anti-America graffiti (Twitter).

Yemen capital covered in anti-America graffiti (Twitter).

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By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
7/11/2016 (2 years ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: Yemen, Americans, Arab, Islam, graffiti


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "America is killing the Yemeni people," one billboard reads. "They are feeding on our blood."

Another billboard states, "Boycott American and Israeli products."


Human rights groups and witnesses claim the Saudi-led coalition seeking to restore Hadi to power has been utilizing airstrikes, using mostly US and British-made bombs.

Each bomb killed or wounded thousands of civilians, human rights groups report.

Human Rights Watch claimed Saudi Arabia-led coalition airstrikes targeted factories, warehouses and other civilian economic structures in Yemen.

The group claims such specific attacks were purposely to inflict as much damage to the Yemeni people as possible.

Priyanka Motaparthy, a senior emergencies researcher and author of a report on the Yemen situation, "Bombing Businesses: Saudi Coalition Airstrikes on Yemen's Civilian Economic Structures," explained:

Anti-American graffiti is prevalent throughout Yemen.

Anti-American graffiti is prevalent throughout Yemen


"The repeated coalition airstrikes on civilian factories appear intended to damage Yemen's shattered economy long into the future. Saudi Arabia and other coalition members have shown no interest in investigating unlawful attacks, or even compensating the victims for lives and property lost."

With the ongoing unlawful strikes aimed at the heart of Yemen's economy, it comes as no surprise that the Yemeni people hate the coalition.

Billboards and graffiti speak of the widespread mistrust of the West and its decision to join conflict in the Middle East.

"The American companies enter a country to steal its wealth and humiliate its people," one billboard reads, while graffiti depicts a skeletal hand decorated with a US flag scrapes its bony fingers across the Middle East.

One billboard depicts Lady Liberty with a bloodied face, angry expression and holding several missiles decorated with an American flag.


Motaparthy explained: "The US and UK have largely deferred to the Saudis to investigate unlawful strikes despite little reason for confidence these investigations will be diligently carried out or the results made public.

"These governments are benefiting from billions in arms sales and even claim their support is helping Yemeni civilians, but have done nothing to back up those claims."

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