STORIES YOU MAY HAVE MISSED… AND WHY THEY MATTER

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By Donnelly McCleland Jesus challenged His disciples to be aware of what was going on around them (Luke 12:56) and to respond to changing times from His perspective, rather than seeing things through their human understanding. 2020 was one of those monumental years – on a global scale. Covid-19 has quite possibly impacted every person…

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U.S. INTENTION TO DECLARE HOUTHIS TERRORISTS THREATENS AID TO YEMEN

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The US government has announced its intention to designate Yemen’s Iranian-backed Houthi group as a terrorist organisation, in a move that has elicited concern among international aid agencies. The designation will come into effect on 19 January, President Trump’s last full day in office. The Houthi group – also known as Ansar Allah – controls…

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YEMEN’S WARRING SIDES COMPLETE MAJOR PRISONER SWAP

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On Sunday 18 October, Yemen’s Houthi rebels indicated they are ready to exchange all prisoners with the Yemeni government, just two days after a major prisoner swap between the two warring sides. More than 1,000 prisoners, including 15 Saudis, were exchanged in the largest swap of its kind in the five-year-old conflict. The process was…

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Week 8: How long, oh Lord?

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By Yolandé Korkie Revelation 2:10b “You will be persecuted for ‘ten days’. Remain faithful even when facing death, and you will be given the crown of life.” (NLT) In this week’s devotion, I would like to share a moment from a time of hardship in my life, while we were hostages in Yemen. A couple…

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A CHANCE REMAINS FOR PEACE IN YEMEN AS NEGOTIATIONS CONTINUE

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By Donnelly McCleland THE UN envoy who is negotiating a peace settlement to end the civil war in Yemen has said that there is still “a chance for peace”, despite the Yemeni government’s rejection of his latest draft deal. The civil war in Yemen, which has forced millions to the brink of famine, has entered…

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YEMENI SEPARATISTS SEIZE ISLAND OF SOCOTRA

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The Southern Transitional Council (STC), a group of Yemeni separatists, has taken control of the island of Socotra, ousting its governor in an action the Saudi-backed government described as a coup. The STC claimed control of the southern part of Yemen in April, complicating efforts towards a permanent ceasefire, in a war that has dragged…

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SEPARATISTS DECLARE AUTONOMOUS RULE IN SOUTHERN YEMEN

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The Southern Transitional Council (STC), a group of Yemeni separatists, has claimed autonomous rule in multiple southern provinces in Yemen. The claim to power is in violation of the Riyadh Agreement, a power-sharing deal signed in November 2019 between the separatists and the Yemeni government. The deal included an agreement to reorganise the government and…

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29 APRIL ’20 | PRAY FOR YEMEN

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Dear prayer partners, Flash floods in Yemen have left at least eight people dead, 85 injured, and almost 15,000 displaced in Aden (which was declared a disaster zone). The United Nations is working with the government of Yemen to assess the needs of all those who are displaced. This has added to Yemen’s long list…

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WORLD CANNOT AFFORD TO CONTINUE IGNORING YEMEN

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On Monday 30 March, all fighting groups in Yemen agreed to a nationwide ceasefire due to the coronavirus outbreak, after a call last Wednesday from the UN secretary-general for an immediate end to hostilities. However, the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthi group in Yemen carried out several air strikes on Monday on the capital Sanaa,…

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MAJOR BATTLEFRONTS OF 2019

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By Andrew Richards and Donnelly McCleland 2019 has been characterised by major ongoing ‘hot’ wars, ‘cold’ wars, proxy wars and trade wars, often involving multiple nations. The ebb and flow in 2019 has seen some advances towards peace in major theatres of war, such as Syria and Yemen, while elsewhere peace has become more elusive,…

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