Humanitarian journalism in Yemen

March 1, 2019

Whilst traditional Yemeni media focus primarily on the political consequences of the conflict, very few journalists today manage to report on the humanitarian disaster currently sweeping the country.

As part of the Yemeni Media Emergency Response (YMER) project designed to facilitate the production and circulation of humanitarian information aimed at the Yemeni population, CFI is currently conducting a training programme in four cities in the country (Sana'a, Aden, Taiz and Hajjah) that aims to bolster the skills of Yemeni journalists relating to the journalistic handling of humanitarian information.

Through various practical exercises carried out in close collaboration with Yemeni NGO project partners, this training has already been completed by some 60 Yemeni journalists, who will subsequently have to produce media content (radio, video, written press, etc.) in connection with the humanitarian situation in the country.

The main aim of these training and production support activities is to strengthen a network of professional Yemeni journalists who are aware of humanitarian issues in their own country and capable of identifying and producing content of real humanitarian interest, so as to inform the population about the country's situation, initiatives led by various humanitarian operators and the existing solutions.

Training organised in Aden at the Field Field Medical Foundation, NGO premises
from 21 to 23 January 2019 and hosted by Mr Abdulrahman Anis

With several hundred applications received, these initial training sessions, organised in collaboration with the coordinators of the project in Yemen, have sparked genuine interest among many journalists which augurs well for the development of further activities.

Training organised in Hajjah at the Building Foundation for Development, NGO premises
from 21 to 23 January 2019 and hosted by Ms Manal Qaed and Mr Eissa Al-Ragehi

"The training workshop has provided us with in-depth knowledge and practical tools for reporting and broadcasting humanitarian narratives", explained Badi Sultan, a Yemeni journalist who attended the training organised from 21 to 24 January 2019 in Aden.

Training organised in Sanaa at the For Yemen Foundation, NGO premises
from 23 to 26 February 2019 and hosted by Ms Amal Al-Yarisi and Mr Aseel Saraih

Training organised in Taiz at the Studies Economic & Media Center
fom 7 to 10 January 2019, and hosted by M. Wajdi Al-Salmi